The EPA is responsible for actively regulating over 60 wood processing activities. This includes a broad range of industrial activities including sawmilling, veneer mills, woodchipping operations, integrated wood processing centres, wood preservation plants, and pulp and paper manufacturing.
Typical environmental issues associated with these industries include noise and atmospheric emissions (associated with boilers), effluent discharge management, odour (associated with paper manufacturing), site contamination, wood waste management and treated effluent sludge management/disposal.
Wood processing guidelines
The EPA has produced guidleines to assist industry manage the environmental risks associated with its operations, providing the acceptable environmental standards, compliance obligations and information needed for the assessment of new operations and the expansion of existing operations. The
EPA Wood Processing Environmental Guidelines, November 2018 replace the previous Sawmill Code of Practice produced in 1995.
Management of planned burning
Environment Protection Policy (Air Quality) 2004 contains provisions on planned burning. EPA Tasmania has been active in promoting measures by other agencies and industry to improve planned burning practices and complaint handling.
View more information here. The
Tasmanian Forest Industry Planned Burns website provides a map showing the burns which the Tasmanian forest industry plans to light on any particular day and includes forest regeneration burns and burning for property protection.
Environmental Law Handbook
The Environmental Defenders Office has produced an easy to read, practical guide to Tasmania's environmental protection and planning laws for citizens, local councils, conservation groups, landowners, business operators and regulatory authorities. Chapter 8 of the Environmental Law Handbook in particular, discusses forestry operations in great detail.
Other Relevant Organisations
The Forest Practices Authority (FPA) oversees forestry operations conducted on public land or on private land, where forestry is a permitted activity under the
Forest Practices Act 1985. The EPA Board and the FPA have signed an
MoU to provide greater clarity.