The EPA Board has concluded its assessment of the proposed quarry and crushing operation at 1356 Tea Tree Road, Campania.
Under the proposal, CA & SM Williams propose to extract up to 10,000 cubic metres of hard rock per annum, and crush up to 2,500 cubic metres of this material per annum. The quarry currently has a Level 1 permit under which 4,999 cubic metres may be extracted but crushing is not permitted.
The Chair of the EPA Board Warren Jones says the Board has decided the proposed quarry and crushing operation could be developed and managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions.
“CA and SM Williams submitted a proposal to operate a Level 2 quarry and crushing operation at their property at 1356 Tea Tree Road, Campania, in the Southern Midlands,” Mr. Jones said.
Mr. Jones said three representations were received in relation to the permit application, which was submitted in December 2014.
He said the EPA Board gave consideration to various environmental issues, particularly the potential for impacts on nearby residents from noise and dust emanating from the quarry operations and the transport of quarry materials off the property.
“The Board has recommended site-specific conditions relating to strict management of noise and dust emissions from both the quarry operations, and the transport of material off the site,” Mr. Jones said.
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 Southern Midlands 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 EPA website.
Go to: the Completed Assessments page on the EPA website and click on completed assessments for 2014-15