EPA considers proposal for expansion to landfill area, Forthside

​​​​​The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Kentish Construction & Engineering Co Pty Ltd (trading as Treloar Transport) for a proposed increase to the landfill area at an existing inert landfill in Forthside, in the Devonport City Council municipality.

The existing inert landfill at Forthside Road, Forthside, adjacent to the Porcupine Hill Quarry, is proposing to expand the authorised filling area and increase the area available for sorting of recyclable and reusable waste received at the landfill. No changes to the annual maximum quantity of waste permitted to be received at the landfill, to the type of wastes received, nor any other changes to existing operations, are proposed.

The EPA Executive Director, Environmental Assessments, Martin Read, 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 Devonport City Council.

“Various environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, including water quality for surface waters discharging from the site, potential noise impacts, and weed and disease management. Conditions have been included which require the maintenance of surface water treatment infrastructure and monitoring of waters coming from the landfill area, restrict operating hours and provide limits to noise emissions so as to reduce the risk of nuisance for nearby residents, and for the ongoing weed and disease management actions to be undertaken on the site. Other conditions are also included which are standard for many landfills of this type, in relation to dust management, types of wastes which may be received at the landfill, and capping and long term rehabilitation of the landfill site", Dr Read said.

One representation was received in relation to the permit application. The environmental issues raised in this representation were related to the quality and condition of sediment retention infrastructure, management of Phytophthora cinnamomi risk, long term stability of the landfill and rehabilitation measures, and presence of Wedge-tailed eagles in the vicinity of the landfill. Public consultation was open for a 14-day period from 12 January 2022.

The proposal was considered by the Executive 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 Executive Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.

The Director's environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to Kentish Construction & Engineering Co. Pty Ltd (trading as Treloar Transport) and Devonport City Council.

The decision by the Executive Director - Environmental Assessments in relation to Treloar Transport Co., Area Increase at Inert Landfill, Forthside can be viewed on this website.

Published on: 29/03/2022