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Regional council to prosecute companies

Environment Waikato is to initiate prosecutions against a forestry contractor, and excavation companies for alleged breaches of resource consents.

The forestry contractor is to be prosecuted for alleged breaches of consents for a woodlot harvesting operation on Hickey Rd, south of Cambridge. The company had a consent to harvest 42 hectares of pines.

The Council is also prosecuting the parties involved in undertaking allegedly unauthorised earthworks at New Chums Beach, Whangapoua. The companies had consents for instream works to construct wet vehicle fords on New Chums Beach.

An enforcement order is to be sought requiring Waitomo District Council to comply with conditions of its resource consent for operating Te Kuiti’s wastewater plant. Environment Waikato has had regular monthly reports on progress at the plant after problems emerged last year.

Satisfactory progress has not been achieved and Environment Waikato is now seeking an enforcement order from the court.

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