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EPA Director considers quarry expansion proposal

The EPA Director has concluded his assessment of the proposed expansion of a quarry at Hayes in the Derwent Valley.

MSD Constructions Pty Ltd had proposed to increase the volume of gravel material able to be produced and transported from Windsor’s Quarry at Hayes from 4000 to 20,000 cubic metres material per annum.

"The proposal involves the extraction, ripping and crushing of sand and gravel," Mr. Schaap said. "I have decided the proposed quarry increase in production could be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions."

"These include controls on dust emissions, hours of operation and management of stormwater," Mr. Schaap said.

Mr. Schaap said a draft of the Environmental Effects Report (EER) was released for public comment in August and no public representations were received.

The proponent had lodged a Development Application with a supporting Environmental Effects Report (EER) to the Derwent Valley Council.

The application was referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority for assessment under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA). The EPA Director made the decision under delegation from the EPA Board under section 25 of 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 EPA Director’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the Derwent Valley 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 Director can be viewed on the Assessment page.