4.5 SEB323 Environment #5 21-Sep-09

4.5 SEB323 Environment #5 21-Sep-09 - In this set of notes...

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In this set of notes we’ll look at a recent and prominent example of environmental issues and their impact on the manufacturing sector of industry: the Pulp Mill proposal in Tasmania. 1
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Tasmanian company, Gunns Limited continues its efforts to build one of the largest wood pulp production mills in the Southern Hemisphere. The location for the proposed mill is in Northern Tasmania in the Tamar Valley. 2
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The pulp mill project proposal has been controversial since the company announced the proposal in 2005. It is particularly an example of the federal EPBC Act in action. It is also a good case study in how there is often two-way interaction between a major company, or industry sector, and its operating environment. 3
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The pulp mill project for the Tamar Valley in Tasmania was originally proposed by Tasmanian company Gunns Limited in 2005. In recent years there has been some variation in the estimated project cost between $1.4 Billion to $1.7 Billion The motivation for the pulp mill is manufacture dried wood pulp for domestic and export markets instead of predominately exporting lower-value woodchips from timber harvested from Tasmanian forests and plantations. As a single project costing $1.7 Billion, the pulp mill project would be the largest private industry-based capital investment in the Tasmanian economy. Overall the wood, paper, and pulp industry sector is worth $9 Billion annuallly to the Australian economy. 4
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as one of the largest single projects in terms of capital investment, for the Australian forestry industry in terms of the largest pulp mill in Australia (and the Southern Hemisphere), and in terms of a major project that requires State and Federal approval in accordance with the respective environmental laws and regulatory requirements. 5
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4.5 SEB323 Environment #5 21-Sep-09 - In this set of notes...

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