Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction program


  

Licence conditions for pollution studies and reduction programs

Summary
 
Licence number: 10893
Title: Noise Impact Assessment
Start date: 11 Dec 2020
 
Licence Condition
The Licensee must undertake a Noise Impact Assessment of all existing activities and operations conducted at the Noakes shipyard. The Noise Impact Assessment must: a. Be conducted in accordance with the Noise Policy for Industry (EPA, 2017); b. Determine the existing ambient and background noise levels at surrounding sensitive receptors in the absence of all Noakes shipyard operations; c. Determine the Project Noise Trigger Levels for the Noakes shipyard; [Note this should be refined: do we want to say soda blasting or say words to the effect ‘all significant noise generating activities associated with the operation of the premises including (but not limited to): soda blasting, X, Y, Z etc?] d. Measure/predict and report on noise impact levels from the premises against the Project Noise Trigger Levels under normal operating conditions at the nearest affected sensitive receptors not associated with the premises, including the validation of any noise model used to predict noise levels; and e. Where the Project Noise Trigger Levels are not met at a sensitive receptor, identify the plant or activities that contribute to noise impacts above the Project Noise Trigger Levels. The Noise Impact Assessment must be prepared by a competent person(s)* *Definition of Competent Person: A competent person must satisfy one or more of the following: I. have qualifications and/or experience sufficient to fulfil the requirements of ‘member’ grade of the Australian Acoustical Society; II. undertake the duties of an acoustic consultant on behalf of a consultancy firm that is a member of the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants; III. have a recognised tertiary qualification in a discipline pertinent to acoustics; IV. be able to demonstrate competence through professional experience and/or technical expertise to the satisfaction of the EPA.
The Licensee must prepare and implement a Noise Management Plan for the existing operations. In preparation for the Noise Management Plan the Licensee is required to conduct a site-wide audit to identify best practice noise mitigation and management options across the site to improve noise performance of the site. The Noise Management Plan must: a. be prepared by a competent person(s)*. b. include: 1. Project Noise Trigger Levels identified from the assessment in 1. Noise Impact Assessment of this Pollution Reduction Study; 2. best practice noise mitigation and management measures for the premises to reduce impacts on nearby receptors; and 3. a statement of commitments including timeframes to implement proposed mitigation and management measures. The noise mitigation measures should be achievable and implemented in a timely manner. The Licensee must submit a report to the EPA by DATE outlining the findings of the Pollution Reduction Study and including the Noise Impact Assessment and Noise Management Plan as referred to above. The EPA may use the information from the above assessments to add further mitigation works as a condition to EPL 10893. *Definition of Competent Person: A competent person must satisfy one or more of the following: I. have qualifications and/or experience sufficient to fulfil the requirements of ‘member’ grade of the Australian Acoustical Society; II. undertake the duties of an acoustic consultant on behalf of a consultancy firm that is a member of the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants; III. have a recognised tertiary qualification in a discipline pertinent to acoustics; IV. be able to demonstrate competence through professional experience and/or technical expertise to the satisfaction of the EPA.
By 22 February 2021, the Licensee must undertake a Noise Impact Assessment of all existing activities and operations conducted at the premises specified in A2. The Noise Impact Assessment must: a) Be conducted in accordance with the Noise Policy for Industry (EPA, 2017); b) Determine the existing ambient and background noise levels at surrounding sensitive receptors in the absence of all activities and operations undertaken at the premises; c) Determine the Project Noise Trigger Levels for the premises for all significant noise generating activities associated with the operation of the premises, including (but not limited to): soda blasting; needle-gunning; high-pressure water blasting; grinding activities; and travel-lift operation; d) Measure/predict and report on noise impact levels from the premises against the Project Noise Trigger Levels under normal operating conditions at the nearest affected sensitive receptors not associated with the premises. The noise model used to predict noise levels must be validated; and e) Where the Project Noise Trigger Levels are not met at a sensitive receptor, identify the plant or activities that contribute to noise impacts above the Project Noise Trigger Levels.
The Noise Impact Assessment must be prepared by a competent person which is defined as satisfying one or more of the following: Have qualifications and/or experience sufficient to fulfil the requirements of 'member' grade of the Australian Acoustical Society. Undertake the duties of an acoustic consultant on behalf of a consultancy firm that is a member of the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants. Have a registered tertiary qualification in a discipline pertinent to acoustics. Be able to demonstrate competence through professional experience and/or technical expertise to the satisfaction of the EPA.
*Definition of Competent Person: A competent person must satisfy one or more of the following: Have qualifications and/or experience sufficient to fulfil the requirements of 'member' grade of the Australian Acoustical Society; Undertake the duties of an acoustic consultant on behalf of a consultancy firm that is a member of the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants; Have a registered tertiary qualification in a discipline pertinent to acoustics; Be able to demonstrate competence through professional experience and/or technical expertise to the satisfaction of the EPA.
The licensee must implement the mitigation and management measures at the premises in accordance with the timeframes provided under Condition U2.1c.