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EPA Director considers proposal for Rosebery Wastewater Treatment Plant

The EPA Director, under delegation by the EPA Board, has concluded his assessment of a proposed wastewater treatment plant for Rosebery on the state’s west coast.

TasWater proposes to construct a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) at Direens Corner, near Rosebery. The WWTP will discharge treated wastewater to the Stitt River via a new outfall.

The EPA Director Alex Schaap has determined the proposed WWTP could be constructed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was submitted to the West Coast Council on 3 December 2013. Public consultation was open for a 28 day period commencing 12 July 2014.

The proposal was considered by Director under delegation by the EPA 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 EPA 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 Director, under delegation by 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 Director’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the West Coast Council, for review of planning issues prior to making a decision as to whether a permit is to be granted.

More information about the proposal and the Director’s assessment is available on the Assessments page.