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


Council pleased with funding for Kopeopeo Canal remediation

Regional Council pleased with funding for Kopeopeo Canal remediation

Bay of Plenty Regional Council is pleased with the announcement from the Minister for the Environment today that additional funding would be available to progress the remediation of the Kopeopeo Canal near Whakatāne.

Regional Council is working with Toi Te Ora Public Health, Ministry for the Environment, and Sawmill Workers Against Poisons (SWAP), the Whakatāne-Waimana River Liaison Group and Ngāti Awa to clean up dioxin contaminated sediment in the Kopeopeo Canal.

The canal was contaminated in the 1950s to late 1980s as a result of stormwater discharges from a former sawmill, which treated timber using Pentachlorophenol (PCP). While unknown at the time, all PCP that was imported into New Zealand for use in the timber processing industry also included a percentage of impurities which contained dioxins.

As owners of the Kopeopeo Canal, Council has a statutory and regulatory responsibility to manage contaminated land and protect the community and the environment.

Resource consents were granted for the remediation works earlier this year and that decision is currently under appeal. Any funding from central government will be conditional on that appeal being resolved.

Regional Council Chair, Doug Leeder, was pleased with the confidence placed in the project from central government and the additional funding available through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund.

“We have been through an extensive process to get to this point. At 5km, the Kopeopeo Canal site is the largest on the Ministry’s Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund Priority List and significant research, experience and expertise has gone into the selection and development of the solution that Council is proposing.

“This is our opportunity as responsible landowners to leave our land in a better state for future generations to enjoy. We will continue to work closely with the local community to ensure that there are open lines of communication throughout the process. We appreciate that it is a significant issue for those that live alongside the Canal, both in its existing state and as we work to remove, fully contain and treat the sediment using an enhanced bioremediation process,” Mr Leeder said.

The Ministry ranks sites on the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund Priority List using a number of human health and environmental exposure risk factors. The last successful remediation project managed by Regional Council and jointly funded through the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund and landowners was the Ōmokoroa Slipway Remediation Project.

In approving funding for the Kopeopeo Canal project, the Ministry considered several factors including significant levels of contaminants over a large area, proximity to neighbouring properties, and potential risks associated with more widespread impact during a significant flood event. There are also additional exposure pathways through the food chain as tuna/eel were historically caught in the canal until testing revealed high contaminant levels. Since that time a health risk advisory warning has been put in place and fishing from the Kopeopeo has ceased.

You can find out more about the project at www.boprc.govt.nz/kopeopeo


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news