Environmental monitoring

The pulp mill project operates under both Commonwealth and Tasmanian regulatory regimes, and each has its own detailed monitoring requirements.

The comprehensive monitoring regime, which encompasses data gathering and reporting across many hundreds of parameters.

The Commonwealth Baseline and Operational Monitoring Program (C-BOMP) predominately addresses issues of Commonwealth concern in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, 1997, namely:

  • Listed threatened species and communities
  • Listed migratory species, and
  • Commonwealth marine areas.

The State Baseline and Operational Monitoring Program (S-BOMP) responds to the Tasmanian Government’s requirements for environmental monitoring in accordance with the Pulp Mill Assessment Act, 2007 and the normal Tasmanian environmental regulatory regime. Environmental factors to be monitored under the S-BOMP include:

  • Chemical and particulate air quality
  • Odour
  • Noise
  • Ground and surface water
  • Marine water quality
  • Marine sediment, and
  • Marine ecological communities.

The S-BOMP also includes an extensive “sentinel program” involving testing for chemical compounds in living organisms and/or human-consumed products including mussels, Little Penguins, fish (flathead & leatherjacket), and cows’ milk.

Any proposed changes to the C-BOMP or S-BOMP will require Commonwealth and/or State Government approval following technical review.

The monitoring program will be conducted by specialist consultants as well as appropriately trained Gunns employees. Laboratory analyses will be undertaken by laboratories certified by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) or their equivalent.

Reporting requirements for the monitoring program are extensive. Monitoring reports and source data will be made available to the public through the project website and community engagement forums.