Eastland Port Ltd Stormwater Contaminants: Gisborne Herald.
Te Aitanga a Mahaki will continue to object until the contaminants in the stormwater discharge are removed.
The levels and character of the contaminants are having an adverse effect on the receiving environment.
Run-off from timber storage is known to have toxic effects on aquatic life (Hedmark and Scholz 2008)" Opus International Consultants / Eastland Port Ltd Report. Then add fungicides, oxygen depletion, fine sediments and total suspended solids to the phenols, tannins and resin acids = extremely adverse effect on the receiving environment / crayfish nursery.
Gisborne’s harbour is also New Zealand’s largest crayfish nursery so Eastland Port Ltd has the opportunity to show community and environmental leadership by enhancing both the marine ecosystem and port developments at the same time.
They can both exist in harmony and be an asset for future generations.
Te Aitanga a Mahaki Objects to Eastland Ports proposal to extend its log yard on a contaminated site
The Hearing to discuss this kaupapa was scheduled for February 2012.
Illegal discharge at Eastland Port Friday, May 03, 2013
EASTLAND Port is working with Gisborne District Council to improve the stormwater system at the harbour, which council says is operating “illegally” without resource consents.
Andrew Gaddum, general manager, logistics, Eastland Port, said the company was spending significant funds in its commitment to improving stormwater discharges and attaining resource consents.
The issue was raised by Gisborne District Council’s environmental services manager Trevor Freeman who told the councils environment and policy committee the middle log yard at the port had no discharge consent and was operating “illegally” because there was no treatment of the contaminated stormwater. A consent application had not yet been received.
Council and port staff had held discussion on scheduling works to reduce the level of contaminants to an acceptable level and to progress any necessary resource consent applications.
“Enforcement action remains an option,” said Mr Freeman.
A consent application for the upper log yard discharge was expected to be heard soon following an application originally made in September 2011 and a later “significant redesign”.
Mr Gaddum said there were no discharge consents in place when Eastland Community Trust bought the port from the council in 2003. Eastland Group had since invested over $50 million in upgrading and replacing critical port infrastructure including consenting work.
That included $16 million, which had been spent on constructing the southern log yard.
The project included a complete rebuild of the stormwater treatment system, which accounted for $4 million of the total spend.
The system put in place was the first of its type and scale in New Zealand.
“With the completion of this project, over 75 percent of the port’s log yards will be drained through a fully compliant stormwater treatment system,” said Mr Gaddum.
Mr Freeman said Eastland Port applied for consent to discharge treated stormwater from the upper log yard via Kopuawhakapata to the inner harbour in September, 2011.
Information provided with the application was insufficient to assess environmental effects and further information was sought in December, 2011, and again in January, 2012.
The process took as long as it did — about 18 months — because it involved a significant redesign of the proposed stormwater treatment system.
Sufficient information had now been received and the consent application hearing was expected to be heard soon.
The council and the port might hold pre-hearing meetings to narrow the “scope of issues in contention”.
Mr Gaddum said the port had been working with council for over two years on the consents for the redevelopment of the area, including a suitable stormwater treatment system.
Eastland Port had spent $300,000 on consenting requirements for the project and replied to eight requests for further information from council.
“Assuming consent is granted we plan to start construction this summer.”
Eastland Port was in the design phase for the middle log yard development, which is adjacent to the fishing wharves.
“However, without any certainty that the upper log yard consent will be granted, we are in a difficult position. There is no point in applying for consent using the same type of stormwater design as the upper log yard if it is not going to be approved.
“A positive outcome for the upper log yard consenting process will give us the confidence to use the same design.”
Mr Gaddum said Eastland Port was planning to spend $600,000 in the lower log yard this year on works which did not require consents, which would improve the stormwater quality.
“It is worth noting that the work we are undertaking is the first of its type in New Zealand.
“We do not have the luxury of space so all of our stormwater systems have to be enclosed, and this presents a number of practical issues.
“Eastland Port is committed to continual improvement of its stormwater discharges but we need the requisite consent from council in order to get this work under way,” said Mr Gaddum.
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