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The Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said it would provide specific guidelines, on the proposed King Island abattoir, by the end of the month.

The Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said it would provide specific guidelines on the proposed King Island abattoir by the end of the month.

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Spokeswoman Sarah Graham said the guidelines would help King Island Meat Processing develop supporting documentation, for the project.

She said the EPA Board received a Notice of Intention (NOI) December 12,  2016 and the Board’s delegate determined the class of assessment (2B) on December 23.

The company behind the abattoir proposal has been registered in Launceston, Tasmania, at the office of accountants, Crow Horwath.

King Island Meat Processing’s directors are Phil McFarlane and Brendan McKeegan.

They are also the directors of  Melbourne based company Evans Agribusiness Trading (the EAT Group) No. 2.

On its website, the EAT group states “it combines their experience in agriculture, finance, international markets and food manufacturing to identify opportunities to aggregate assets across supply chains that are capable of meeting global demand for premium Australian food products.”

The EPA said the proposed works had been classified as 2B by the EPA.

“Class 2B includes activities not included in Class A, which relate to small scale projects with minor or inconsequential environmental impacts, and not in Class 2C, which are projects of regional significance, have a reasonable likelihood of requiring Commonwealth approval or generating very high level of public interest,” Ms Graham said.

King Island Meat Processing would now be required to provide a Development Proposal and Environmental Management Plan (DPEMP).

“The DPEMP provides details of the proponent and proposal, describes the existing environment in the vicinity of the project site, identifies all significant environmental, social and economic effects associated with the project and details the proposed measures to avoid or reduce potential adverse environmental effects,” the EPA’s website said.

Ms Graham said EPA Tasmania intended to provide project specific guidelines by the end of January, to assist King Island Meat Processing develop supporting documentation.

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