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Expect Dirtier Rivers And Lakes Under Water Proposals

Maryan
STREET
Environment Spokesperson

9 April 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Expect Dirtier Rivers And Lakes Under Water Proposals

Parliamentary Environment Commissioner, Dr Jan Wright’s latest comments on the government's proposals for Water Conservation Orders are as scathing as her remarks on its RMA changes, says Labour's Environment spokesperson, Maryan Street.

"The idea that Water Conservation Orders, which protect our most significant water bodies, should be devolved to local authorities that have never supported them is a dangerous signal for protection of our lakes and rivers.

"Dr Wright has condemned the proposals on Water Conservation Orders as ultimately destructive to any national standards for water quality in our rivers and lakes which everybody enjoys and which most people want restored.

"How many times does the PCE need to criticise the government's proposals before they wake up and realise their agenda will destroy our environment, not preserve and enhance it?” Maryan Street said.

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