Milk and coal

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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.

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