The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of Tasmanian Irrigation’s proposed quarry at Tayene within Launceston City Council’s municipality.
The proposal involves the extraction of up to a total of 100,000 cubic metres of clay and rock fill material over a period of approximately six months from a quarry located at 70 Calverts Road, Tayene. The purpose of the quarry is for Tasmanian Irrigation to supply construction material for the proposed Camden Rivulet Dam, which forms part of the Scottsdale Irrigation Scheme (SIS).
The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed quarry could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The EPA requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Launceston City Council.
"Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly the management of stormwater and sediment control," said Mr Ford.
"Tasmanian Irrigation will be required to manage stormwater and sediments through the installation of perimeter drains and a sediment settlement pond," he said.
"They must ensure that any stormwater discharged from the land does not cause environmental harm or nuisance," he said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was referred to the Board in March 2017. Public consultation was open for a 14-day period commencing 15 March 2017.
The proposal was considered by the Director 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 Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).
The functions of the EPA 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 undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPCA.
The Director’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to Launceston City 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 EPA website at www.epa.tas.gov.au/assessment/completed-assessments