Milk and coal
Environmentalists have beendisappointed at Fonterra’s refusal to make useof woodwaste to fire two large milk drying plants. Late last year, a Waikato Regional Council hearings panel issued its consent for a coal mine to be openedatMangatawhiri, south of Auckland. While the panel acknowledged expert submissions arguing enoughwoodwastewas available to completely substitute for coal in the milk drying plants, the company chose not to consider alternatives, saying that the mine would cause little social disruption.
Meanwhile another large Fonterra milk powder drying facility in Darfield, near Christchurch, and constructed only last year, will also be fired by coal — citing cost as the reason.