Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Society more concerned after release of data

Waiareka Valley Preservation Society

Press Release – 27 December 2006

“Society more concerned after release of data by Holcim”


Rodney Jones, spokesman for the Waiareka Valley Preservation Society, commented today:

“The Society has carefully examined the limited additional data and comments that Holcim released on their Weston Cement Plant. We hope to receive more complete data from Holcim in the New Year.

The Society remains profoundly concerned by the prospect of Holcim building a one million tonne cement plant at Weston, and the data Holcim provided has done nothing to diminish our concern.

While Holcim has indicated that the Weston plant emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides will be less concentrated than at their current Westport plant, the level of SO2 emissions will be substantially above World Health Organisation (WHO) July 2006 guidelines.

The WHO levels are particularly relevant for the Weston plant given that a large and vibrant primary school is within 2km of the plant. International research in the last few years has shown that the environmental and health impacts of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions are larger than earlier thought. Only this year in the WHO tightened their guidelines in response to this research.

We were surprised at the degree to which the Weston plant will rely on large quantities of waste oil. International research has shown that high levels of waste oil as an energy input are associated with significant increases in the emission of heavy metals, particularly lead, mercury, thallium and cadmium.

Given the population around the plant, and the intensive agriculture and horticulture within a 10km radius of the plant, heavy metal emissions remain a primary source of concern. Holcim’s assurance that the plant will operate with international Holcim limits for trace metals is not reassuring.

Oamaru as an area is a particularly sensitive receiving area for the sort of the pollution Holcim is proposing to generate, and nothing in their latest comments or data provides assurance that they understand – or respect – this.

Ultimately, the key surprise is just how big this plant is. Over a 12 month period it will consume 1.2m tonnes of limestone, burn up to 150,000 tonnes of coal, use an undisclosed amount of used oil, and produce up to one million tonnes of cement.

This cement plant is over-sized and out of place, and nothing Holcim or their experts say can disguise that fact. There is a litany of adverse effects associated with this plant that cannot be avoided, mitigated or remedied.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news