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Grey District Council calls for end to Taylorville Resource Park

Grey District Council is calling on the West Coast Regional Council to revoke all resource consents for the Taylorville Resource Park and act immediately to contain and remediate damage already incurred.

The Environmental Protection Agency Te Mana Rauhī Taiao (EPA) last week issued an abatement notice to the Taylorville Resource Park landfill in relation to leaching of contaminated water.

Grey District Mayor Tania Gibson says Council has had concerns about the Taylorville Resource Park since its inception and while it’s good the EPA is involved and investigating the landfill, its findings don’t go far enough.

“The Taylorville landfill should never have been approved. We have never had any assurance about the safety of the operation or how grave risks to our environment are being mitigated,” Mayor Gibson says.

“The EPA findings are consistent with concerns we’ve had and voiced time and again. There are unanswered questions around the impact of the landfill on the long-term security of the district’s water supply, the risk to the local environment, the Grey River, and Greymouth as a whole.

“We are very concerned about the risk posed by the leakage from containment structures that are set in gravels with high water movement. We’ve not had any reassurance around how the site will stand up to prolonged heavy rainfall or natural events, such as earthquakes.”

Mayor Gibson says Council staff have been regularly monitoring the water supply to ensure residents are protected from any potential contamination.

“We are engaging with the Regional Council and will be increasing the monitoring of ground water between the landfill and water supply intakes,” Mayor Gibson says.

“We remain very concerned about the risks posed by the presence of the landfill to our communities and our critical infrastructure. We welcome the EPA findings and strongly call on the Regional Council to revoke all consents and begin remediation work immediately.”


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