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Published: 2002-07-04 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has granted resource consents for the closed Walker Rd landfill near Te Kuiti.

Waitomo District Council applied for consents to discharge contaminants in the ground and air and to divert and discharge stormwater from the landfill. Three submissions were received from a neighbour, Department of Conservation and an iwi group.

The site was used for refuse disposal for 30 years until it closed in December 1999 at which time it was contoured, capped and a gas vent installed. Planning advisor, Mr W.D. Burton, said the landfill was located in a tomo, was not lined and had no leachate collection system. He said the District Council would upgrade the landfill cap to the standard recommended and accepted the recommended monitoring programme.

Submitters were concerned about consultation with iwi and the community, effects on the Mangaokewa River and a neighbour was concerned about the potential effects of leachate on a spring on his property.

In making its decision, the Hearing Committee noted the applications were for a closed landfill that would not be sited in such an inappropriate location today. It considered that the key issue was to minimise the potential for future effects to occur.

Removal of the refuse from the site was not warranted, and capturing leachate was likely to be impractical, so minimising leachate generation was the most appropriate measure, it said.
It was disappointed that the cap in place was not constructed to the standard recommended when the works were first completed.