EPA considers proposal for a Leachate Wetland Treatment System, at Zeehan waste depot, Zeehan

​​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by West Coast Council for a Leachate Wetland Treatment System in the West Coast municipality.

The proposal involves construction and operation of a system to treat leachate and runoff from the Zeehan waste depot, near Zeehan. A holding pond and two wetland systems will treat leachate from the landfill cells, and a sediment pond will remove suspended solids from site runoff. 

The EPA Deputy Director, Cindy Ong, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded the proposed development can be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the West Coast Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly the impact of discharges of the treated leachate to surface water from the wetland systems," Ms Ong said.

No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for 14 days from 12 June 2021.

The proposal was considered by the Deputy 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 EMPC Act.

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

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

The Deputy Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent and West Coast Council.

The decision by the EPA Deputy Director in relation to​ West Coast Council, Zeehan Landfill Wetlands, Extension can be viewed on this website.

Published on: 10/08/2021