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Tui Mine project reaches major milestone

Tui Mine project reaches major milestone

Applications for consent to clean up the Tui Mine have been lodged with Environment Waikato and Matamata Piako District Council following years of planning, trials to identify the best remediation options, and ongoing discussions with the community.

The resource consent applications to carry out the work to clean up the site were lodged on behalf of the Department of Conservation on 10 March, and will be publicly notified in the Piako Post on Wednesday 24 March.

The applications seek consent to carry out remediation works aimed at improving:

  • the Tunakohoia Stream which is contaminated by heavy metals leaching from the old mine workings and the tailings dam
  • the Tui Stream which is also affected by heavy metals from the tailings dam
  • the stability and safety of the abandoned tailings dam which is at risk of collapse in a moderate seismic event or extreme weather, with the potential to send more than 90,000 cubic metres of liquefied mine waste flowing down the Tui Stream, putting the downstream community at risk and requiring an even more costly clean-up.

The proposal is to complete the clean-up in two stages.

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