Bob Brown Foundation welcomes EPA’s Robbins Island appeal

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Bob Brown Foundation has welcomed the decision by the Tasmanian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to appeal the Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (TASCAT) approval of the Robbins Island wind farm project. The appeal as lodged addresses the failure of TASCAT to consider the State Coastal Policy when allowing the construction of a wharf and access through sensitive dunes on the east of the island. The EPA argues this action would be a breach of the policy.

“We welcome the EPA taking a stand to protect the sensitive dune ecosystems from a destructive and unnecessary development,” said Bob Brown Foundation Campaigner Scott Jordan.

“Big corporations must not be allowed to ignore the rules. It is an important role for the EPA to be able to take cases like this where an approval clearly breaches environmental and planning law.”

“Notably, the current Liberal Government’s fast-tracking of future wind farms as projects of State Significance will remove appeal rights giving a free pass to developers who ignore laws that protect our environment. Unfortunately, Labor has been urging the Liberals to go faster.”

“It’s not too late for both major parties to abandon these reforms that remove public and judicial scrutiny,” said Scott Jordan.

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