MMG Australia Pty Ltd is proposing to construct a Tailings Storage Facility (TSF) for its Rosebery Mine at South Marionoak North West of Rosebery. A Notice of Intent (NOI) for the proposal has been referred to the Board of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and was accepted by the Board on 22 February 2021.
Draft Guidelines for Assessment to assist the proponent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were prepared by the EPA and advertised for public comment for 2 weeks from 24 July until 7 August 2021. Advertisements were placed in both local and national newspapers and the draft Guidelines were also made available on the EPA website.
397 public submissions on the draft Guidelines were received. The submissions raised a range of issues including: adequacy of requirements for flora and fauna studies, impacts on wilderness and takayna/the Tarkine, impacts on Aboriginal heritage, alternative options for the TSF, the consequences of the tailings dam failing, traffic impacts on wildlife, impacts on fossil heritage, and adequacy of social and economic impact assessment requirements.
While some of the issues raised in the submissions were outside the scope of the proposal or did not fall within the legislative responsibility of the EPA Board, a number of amendments were made to the draft Guidelines before they were finalised to clarify and strengthen the information requirements for the EIS.
The final Guidelines and additional information on the submissions can be found on the EPA Tasmania website: MMG Australia Pty Ltd, South Marionoak Tailings Storage Facility, Rosebery.