The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of a proposed sand extraction operation near Bridport in the state’s north.
Proponent Sattler Pastoral Barnbougle proposed to excavate sand at Anderson Bay where recent sand movement has encroached upon agricultural land. The operation is planned to commence at a rate of 280,000 cubic metres per year but may increase to a maximum of 950,000 cubic metres per year - dependent on market demand.
The Deputy Chair of the EPA Board Ian Abernethy says the Board has decided the proposal could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.
The Board gave consideration to various environmental issues, particularly potential impacts on geomorphology, flora and fauna habitat and from noise,” Mr. Abernethy said.
“Appropriate management measures will include exclusion fencing of adjacent wetlands, limits on where and how deep sand can be extracted and monitoring of ground water to ensure that hydrological processes are not significantly impacted,” Mr. Abernethy said.
Mr. Abernethy said no public representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was submitted in June 2014.
The proposal was considered by the Board 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 Board 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 Board undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of the EMPC Act.
The EPA Board’s environmental assessment, including the environmental conditions that must be included in any permit, have been forwarded to the Dorset 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 Board can be viewed on the Assessments page of the EPA website