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Environmental Permitting

The Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit is carrying out a permitting programme as part of the implementation of Legal Notice 22 of 2009 Waste Management (Management of Waste from Extractive Waste and Backfill) Regulations that transposes Directive 2006/21/EC. This legal notice controls the waste that is generated from the extraction of resource from local quarries and the backfill of this waste. All the quarries that are extracting resource on the Maltese Islands fall under this regulation and are required to apply for an environmental permit to comply with this regulation and other legislation that control this sector.

The permitting programme was spread over a number of phases to facilitate a smooth and gradual implementation of this new legal requirement. For this purpose a survey of all the quarries on the Maltese Islands was carried out and all the operating quarries identified. These quarries were grouped in different clusters based on the geographical location to ease the permitting process. Information meetings were organised for all the quarry owners to explain the requirements of this regulation, the obligations of the operators and to describe the permitting process.

The aims of this permitting project is to achieve compliance with legal requirements and to introduce better environmental management systems to the quarrying sector, which to date have not been addressed. For more information on this permitting process and the requirements that fall under this regulation kindly contact the Environmental Permitting and Industry Unit.



List of Operational Quarries and relevant Environmental Permit Status




Environmental Permits - Issued

Case Number

 Applicant

 Location 

 Activities in Quarry 

 Status

 Additional Information 

WM 007/05

 Mr. Jimmy Gatt

 Quarry HM28, Triq Birguma, l/o Naxxar

Extraction of hardstone, production and stockpiling of aggregate, backfilling with inert waste.  

Permit Issued

N/A

WM 023/08

 Mr. Taddeo & Carmel Grima

 Quarry SG03, Ta' Xrejjaħ, l/o San Lawrenz, Gozo

 Extraction of sofstone and backfilling of excavation void with inert waste

Permit Issued

N/A

EP 003/09

 Mr. Joseph Vella

 Quarry HM09C, Ta' Kaduma, l/o Mosta

 Extraction of hardstone, stockpiling for off-site crushing, storage of inert waste for re-use.

Permit Issued

N/A

EP 020/09

  Mr. Mario Bonniċi

 Quarry HM35, Ta Żuta, l/o Dingli

 Extraction of hardstone, production and stockpiling of aggregate, batching & tarmac plants, backfilling of excavation void and recycling of inert waste

Permit Issued

Renewal being processed.
Awaiting submissions from operator

EP 029/09

 Mr. Joseph Vella

 Quarry HM21, Labour Avenue, l/o Naxxar

Extraction of hardstone, production and stokpiling of aggregate, batching & tarmac plants, backfilling of excavation and recycling of inert waste 

Permit Issued

Renewal being processed. Awaiting submissions from operator

EP 014/11

 Mr. Lawrence Saliba

 Quarry HM08, Wied iz-Ziju, l/o Żejtun

 Extraction of hardstone, production and stockpiling of aggregate, batching plant, backfilling of excavation void and recycling of inert waste

Permit Issued

N/A

EP 017/11

 Mr. Anthony Camilleri

Quarry SM71, Wied Ħanżir, l/o Siġġiewi 

  Extraction of softstone  

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 019/11

 Mr. Paul Farrugia

 Quarry SM26, Wied Costa, l/o Mqabba

  Extraction of softstone   

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 025/11

 Mr. Emanuel Mifsud

 Quarry SM66, Tas- Sejba, l/o Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone 

Permit Issued

N/A

EP 026/11

 Mr. Christopher Bondin

 Quarry SM32, Valleta Road, l/o Mqabba

Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A 

EP 034/11

 Mr. Paul Debono

 Quarry HM19, Triq il-Miżieb, l/o Żurrieq

Extraction of hardstone

Permit Issued

  N/A

EP 038/11

 Mr. Dominic Mercieca

 Quarry SG09, Ta' Slima, Daħla ta' Feliċi, l/o San Lawrenz

Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 040/11

 Mr. Rueben Bonello

 Quarry SM15, Wied Ħanżir, Siġġiewi

 Backfilling of an excavation void

 Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 045/11

 Mr. Joseph Bondin

 Quarry SM27, Tad-Dawl, l/o Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 046/11

 Mr. Innocent Farruġia

 Quarry SM46, Tax-Xantin, Sqaq Buħar, Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 003/12

 Mr. Nicholas  Farruġia

 Quarry SM23, Ta Għadajma, l/o  Mqabba

Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 004/12

 Mr. Paul Gauci

 Quarry SM82, Triq Wied Ħanżir, l/o Siġġiewi

 Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 005/12

 Ms. Doris Ellul

 Quarry SM05, Triq Santa Katerina, l/o Għargħur

Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 013/12

 Mr. Victor Vella

  Quarry HM13a, Manikata Road, l/o Mellieħa

 Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate, stockpiling and backfilling of excavation void

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 027/12

 Mr. Paul Vella

 Ballut Blocks Ltd., Wied Filep, l/o Naxxar 

 Brick plant

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 0029/12

Mr. Emanuel Camilleri

Quarry SM28, Triq is-Sejba, l/o Mqabba

Extraction of softstone 

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 0067/12

 Mr. Mario Bonniċi

  Quarry SM61, Valletta Road, l/o Mqabba

 Extraction of sofstone and production of aggregate 

Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 069/12

 Ms. Carmena Ċilia

 Quarry SM15A, Ta' Wied Ħanżir, l/o Siġġiewi

 Extraction of softstone

Permit Issued

  N/A 

EP 066/12

 Mr. Vincent Borg

 Disused Quarry at Triq Valletta, Kirkop

 Backfilling of excavation void

 Permit  Issued

 N/A

EP 024/12

 Mr. Joseph Attard

 Quarry SM41A, Valletta Road l/o Żurrieq

 Extraction of softstone and backfilling of excavation void

 Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 048/12

 Mr. Joseph Fenech

 Quarry HM23, Targiet Għomor, Naxxar

 Extraction of hardstone

 Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 017/13

 Mr. Francis Schembri

 Quarry exSM45, Tal-Mentna, Triq il-Parroċċa, Mqabba

 Backfilling of excavation void with inert waste

 Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 029/14

 Ms. Claire Gauci

 Excavation void at Madliena Road, Swieqi

 Backfilling of an excavation void with inert waste

 Permit Issued

 N/A

EP 038/09  Mr. Joe Grima Quarry HG12, Ta' Klement, l/o Qala, Gozo Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate, stockpiling and recycling of inert waste Permit Issued
 N/A

WM 032/08

 Mr. Mario Bugeja

 Quarry SG02, Tal-Ponta l/o San Lawrenz

 Extraction of Softstone and backfilling of excavation void

 Permit Issued

 N/a


 




Environmental Permits - Pending


 Case Number

 Applicant

 Location 

 Activities in Quarry 

 Status

 Additional Information 

 WM 013/07

 Mr. Raymond Gatt

 Quarry HG10, Ta' Għar id-dar, Qala, Gozo

 Extraction of hardstone, production and stockpiling of aggregate

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 003/09

 Mr. Paul Vella

 Quarry HM15 & HM22, Wied Filep, l/o Naxxar

 Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate, stockpiling, batching plant and backfilling

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 015/09

 Mr. Julian Vella

 Quarry HM31, Ta' Dmejrek, l/o Dingli

 Extraction of hardstone, recycling of hardstone, production of aggregate and stockpiling

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.
In the interim, the site is deemed as permitted under LN 128 of 1997

 EP 018/09

 Mr. Paul Polidano

 Quarry HM33, Għar Lapsi Road, l/o Siġġiewi

 Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate, stockpiling & batching plant

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.
In the interim, the site is deemed as permitted under LN 128 of 1997

 EP 019/09

 Mr. Paul Polidano

 Quarry HM04, Ta' Dmejrek, l/o Dingli

 Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate and stockpiling

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 047/09

 Mr. Mark Aquilina

 Quarry HM03 & HM12, Wied Inċita, l/o Attard

 Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate, stockpiling, recycling of inert waste and backfilling

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.
In the interim, the site is deemed as permitted under LN 128 of 1997

 EP 003/11

 Mr. Joseph Żammit

 Quarry SG07, Tal-Misraħ, l/o San Lawrenz, Gozo

 Extraction of sofstone and backfilling

 Pending

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 016/11

 Mr. Anthony Camilleri

 Quarry SM81, Wied Ħanżir, l/o Siġġiewi

 Extraction of softstone 

 Pending

 EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 020/11

 Mr. Stephen Azzopardi

Quarry SG08, Ta' Tuta, l/o San Lawrenz, Gozo 

 Extraction of softstone 

  Pending 

 EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 030/11

 Mr. Carmel Cauchi

 Quarry SG01, Tal- Qattara, Triq tal-Misraħ, l/0 Kerċem

Extraction of softstone

 Pending

 EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site. 

 EP 031/11

Mr. John Ghigo

 Quarry SM31, Ta' L-Isqof, l/o Mqabba

Extraction of softstone

 Pending

Processing application.

 EP 032/11 

 Mr. Alex Ghigo 

 Quarry SM19, Ta' L-Isqof, l/o Mqabba

Extraction of softstone

 Pending

Processing application. 

 EP 033/11

 Mr. Paul Falzon

Quarry HM32, Triq Santa Katarina, l/o Rabat 

 Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate, stockpiling, recycling of inert waste, and backfilling 

 Pending

 EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.
In the interim, the site is deemed as permitted under LN 128 of 1997

 EP 035/11

 Mr. Paul Vella

Quarry HM15, Wied Filep, l/o Naxxar 

 Hardstone Quarry

  Pending 

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.
In the interim, the site is deemed as permitted under LN 128 of 1997

 EP 036/11

 Mr. Paul Vella

Quarry HM22, Wied Filep, l/o Naxxar 

Hardstone Quarry

  Pending 

EP application received. Application on hold due pending planning issues and active enforcements on site.

 EP 041/11

 Mr. Joseph Bonello

 Quarry SM83, Tas-Sinjura, Siġġiewi, l/o Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone and batching plant

 Pending

 Processing application.

 EP 042/11

 Mr. Innocent Farruġia

 Quarry SM49, Tax-Xantin, Sqaq Buħar, Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone

 Pending

 Processing application.

 EP 043/11

 Mr. Joseph Mangion

 Quarry SM07, Tas-Sejba, l/o Mqabba

 Backfilling of excavation void with inert waste

 Pending

 Processing application.
Application pending development permit

EP 049/11

 Mr. Mark Bonello

 Quarry SM09a, Tal-Ħarruba, l/o Siġġiewi

 Extraction of softstone

 Pending

 Processing application.

 EP 001/12

 Mr. Nazzarenu (Leslie)  Sammut

Quarry SM10, Triq Tal-Balal, l/o Għargħur

 Extraction of sofstone and production 

 Pending

 Processing application.

 EP 002/12

Mr. Nicholas Farruġia

Quarry SM50, Ta Għadajma, l/o Mqabba 

 Extraction of softstone

 Pending

 Processing application.

 EP 007/12

 Mr. Gaetano Abdilla

Quarry HM04, Ta' Żuta, l/o Dingli

 Extraction of hardstone

 Pending

 Processing application.
Application pending enforcement issues.

 EP 008/12

 Mr. Emanuel Abdilla

Quarry HM01, Ta' Żuta, l/o Siggiewi

 Extraction of hardstone and recycling of inert waste

 Pending

 Processing application.
Application pending enforcement issues.

EP 009/12

 Mr. Gaetano Abdilla

Quarry HM30, Ta' Zuta, l/o Dingli

Extraction of hardstone and recycling of inert waste 

 Pending

 Processing application.
Application pending enforcement issues.

EP 030/12

Mr. Joseph Attard

Quarry SG04, Triq Wied Merill, l/o San Lawrenz

Extraction of sofstone and production of aggregate 

Pending

Processing application.

EP 032/12

Mr. Nazzareno Scicluna

Quarry SM29, Valletta Road, l/o Mqabba

Recycling of inert waste and ready mix plant

Pending

Processing application.
Application pending enforcement issues.

 EP 033/12

 Mr. Mario Attard

 Quarry SM41, Valletta Road, l/o Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone 

 Pending

Processing application

 EP 034/12

 Mr. Carmel and Joseph Farrugia

 Quarry SM22, Xagħri Imqalleb, l/o Mqabba

  Extraction of softstone 

 Pending

Processing application

 EP 035/12

Mr. Carmel and Joseph Farrugia

 Quarry (Ex)SM22, Tas-Sejba, l/o Mqabba

 Backfilling of disused quarry

 Pending

Pending submissions from architect

EP 036/12

Mr. Joseph Camilleri

Quarry HM26, Triq Wied Ganu, l/o Żurrieq

Extraction of hardstone, production of aggregate and stockpiling

Pending

Pending submissions from architect

 EP 037/12

 Mr. Joseph Mifsud

 Quarry SM34, Valletta Road, l/o Mqabba

 Extraction of softstone 

 Pending

Pending submissions from architect

 EP 039/12

 Mr. Mark Bonello

 Quarry SM08, Tal-Ħarruba, l/o Siġġiewi

Extraction of softstone

 Pending

Processing application

 EP 042/12

 Mr. Carmelo Vella

 Quarry SM37, Tat-Tabib, l/o Xwieki

 Extraction of softstone

 Pending

Application on hold to pending enforcement on site

 EP 043/12

 Mr. Raymond Cefai 

 Quarry SG06, Ta' Wied Merill, l/o San Lawrenz, Gozo

 Extraction of softstone and backfilling

 Pending

 Processing application

 EP 012/13

 Ms. Carmena Ċilia

Quarry SM18, Tal-Għaxir, l/o Qrendi 

 Extraction of softstone

 Pending

  Processing application

 EP 020/13

 Mr. Emanuel Mifsud

 Quarry SM52, Tal-Ħaġra, Triq is-Sejba, Mqabba

 Backfilling of excavation void

 Pending

 Processing application. 
In the interim the site is deemed as permitted under LN128 of 1997

 EP 026/13

 Mr. Carmel Mizzi

 Quarry at ix-Xagħri l-Imqalleb, Mqabba

Backfilling of excavation void

 Pending

 Processing application. Awaiting submission from architect

 EP 005/15

 Mr. Emanuel Psaila

 Quarries SM38 and SM48, Mqabba

 Reactivation of mineral extraction at quarry SM48 and backfilling of excavation void at quarry SM38

 Pending

 Processing application. Awaiting submission from architect





Environmental Permits - Dismissed, Expired or Withdrawn

 Case Number

 Applicant

  Location 

 Activities in Quarry 

 Status

 Additional Information 

WM 025/00

 Mr. John Mizzi

 Quarry SG05, Ta' Għansar, l/o San Lawrenz, Gozo

 Landfilling (quarry restoration)

 Permit Expired

N/A

 WM 014/07

 Mr. Emmanual Bonavia

 Sqaq il-Modorbu, l/o Qrendi

 Landfilling (quarry restoration)

 No Permit Issued

Application dismissed.

 WM 028/08

 Mr. Bertu Agius

 Quarry SM78, Tal- Warda, l/o Qrendi

Infilling for development of access ramp

  No Permit Issued

 Application withdrawn by applicant.

 EP 048/09

 Mr. Nicholas Bonello

    Quarry SM59, Ta' Modorbu/Sejba, l/o Mqabba

 Landfilling (quarry restoration)

Permit Expired

N/A

EP 020/10

 Mr. Ian Magri

 Quarry SM04 & SM64, Ta'  Wied Xkora, l/o Siġġiewi

Landfilling (quarry restoration)

 No Permit Issued

 Application dismissed.

 EP 030/10

 Mr. Frank Schembri

 Quarry SM45, Tal-Bolla, l/o Kirkop

 Landfilling (quarry restoration)

 No Permit Issued

 Application dismissed.

 EP 044/11

 Mr. Raymond Farruġia

 Ix-Xwieki l/o Għargħur

 Landfilling (quarry restoration)

 Permit Expired

 Quarry closed.

EP 053/11

 Mr. Salvatore Żahra

 Quarry SM61, Valletta Road, l/o Mqabba

Extraction and crushing of softstone

 No Permit Issued

Application dismissed.

 EP 041/09

 Mr. Paul Xuereb

 Quarry HM29, Torri Falka, Mġarr

 Extraction of hardstone and backfilling

 Permit Expired

 Awaiting application for development permit re: afteruse