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EPA considers proposal for controlled waste treatment facility, Moonah

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a controlled waste treatment facility at 8 Birdwood Ave in Moonah, within the municipality of Glenorchy.

Under the proposal, Mr Chris Hazell intends to receive and remediate up to 2,500 tonnes of potentially contaminated soil and 25,000 litres of potentially contaminated liquids per annum. Remediation will be achieved through a variety of chemical and physical methods.

The EPA Director, Mr Wes Ford made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluding that the controlled waste treatment facility 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 Glenorchy City Council," Mr Ford said.

Mr Ford said that he had given consideration to various environmental issues arising from the remediation operations, particularly the potential for impacts on commercial neighbours due to odour, dust and noise arising from remediation operations since two public representations had been received concerning these.

"A number of conditions have been included to ensure close management of odour, dust and noise emissions from the treatment facility," he said.

"One requirement is for the remediation activities to be conducted only with the treatment building’s doors closed, and another condition requires the operator to prepare and implement an air quality management plan.

"These conditions will serve to restrict odour, dust and noise impacts to the treatment facility’s boundary," said Mr Ford.

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 Glenorchy 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