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EPA Board considers proposal to expand northern rendering plant

The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of the proposed expansion of a red meat rendering plant at Cressy in the state’s north.

Western Tiers Proteins Pty Ltd proposed to expand its existing rendering facility to include a new rendering line to process chicken waste, and increase its maximum processing capacity from 2,000 to 7,000 kilograms per hour.

The Deputy Chair of the EPA Board Ian Abernethy says the Board has decided the proposed facility could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

"The Board gave consideration to various environmental issues, particularly the potential impact arising from odour and the biosecurity risk posed by the proposal," Mr. Abernethy said.

"Appropriate management of incoming raw material and improved air control management, including the capture and ducting of all process building emissions to a fit-for-purpose biofilter, are required to ensure odour does not result in environmental nuisance beyond the industrial site," Mr. Abernethy said.

"The processing of fish waste is also not permitted on site to mitigate biosecurity risk associated with fish waste which might come from different parts of the state and so introduce pathogens not present in the local environment."

Mr. Abernethy said two representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was submitted in June 2014. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 5 July 2014. The representations were not supportive of the proposal.

The proposal was considered by the Board in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the EMPC Act.

The functions of the Board are to administer and enforce the provisions of the Act, and in particular to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania, and to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives.

The Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPC Act.

The EPA Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the Northern Midlands Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

The decision by the EPA Board can be viewed on the Assessments page​.