The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Hobart Milk Factory Pty Ltd for its factory at Moonah, in the Glenorchy City Council area. Hobart Milk Factory is seeking to operate a milk pasteurisation and bottling factory with processing capacity of 8000 litres in an 8-hour working day.
The EPA Executive Director, Environmental Assessments, Dr Martin Read, who made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board, concluded that 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 Glenorchy City Council.
“Several environmental issues were considered by the Board in its assessment, particularly the management of liquid waste, hazardous substances and potential spills, which are addressed through standard conditions," Dr Read said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for 14 days from 7 May 2022.
The proposal was considered by the Executive Director, Environmental Assessments 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, Environmental Assessments undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the Act.
The environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent and Glenorchy City Council for their information.
The decision can be viewed on this website: Hobart Milk Factory Pty Ltd, Hobart Milk Factory, Moonah.