Certain industrial premises and mines with the potential to cause emissions and discharges to air, land or water are known as ‘prescribed premises’ and trigger regulation under the EP Act. The EP Act requires a works approval to be obtained before constructing a prescribed premise.
An acoustic assessment is required to assess noise emission from the proposed operations, and if required, noise control recommendations to comply with the Environmental Protection (Noise) Regulations 1997.
These assessments are undertaken using predictive noise modelling software which is based on noise level measurement of existing, or similar noise sources. Herring Storer Acoustics has a vast in house database of noise sources that can be used in the development of noise models.
Generally, works approval applications required an accompanying noise assessment as follows:
Mining operations, extractive industry such as sand, gravel rock, concrete batching and asphalt plants, Brick works, feedlots and abattoirs, waste processing facilities, chemical manufacturing facilities, Timber / paper manufacturing, metal refineries, electrical power generation, sewage and water desalination plants, Landfill sites, and compost manufacturing and soil blending.