Spicer Land­fill

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METHANE DAN­GER The Kapi-Mana News’ front page story on Septem­ber 29 cre­ated a huge stir.

A leaked re­port on the Spicer Land­fill by Auck­land-based com­pany Aecom, on be­half of Porirua land­fill op­er­a­tor En­vi­roWaste Ser­vices, men­tioned high lev­els of hy­dro­gen sul­fide, biosolids de­liv­ered to the land­fill ex­ceed­ing good prac­tice guide­lines for mois­ture con­tent, and prob­lems with the gas wells.

Methane con­cen­tra­tions ex­ceeded safe lev­els at 29 lo­ca­tions and, in four places, methane was found to be bub­bling through ponded wa­ter or within stormwa­ter chan­nels.

Our story was picked up by sev­eral na­tional me­dia out­lets, putting the spot­light on the land­fill and its op­er­a­tion.

Pre­vi­ously, we had run sto­ries on the ‘‘rot­ten egg smell’’ that per­vaded Tawa in cer­tain con­di­tions, and still per­sist. Res­i­dents com­plained of nau­sea and other prob­lems, and the ef­fect the sit­u­a­tion was hav­ing on din­ing out­side and on house prices.

To many liv­ing within smelling dis­tance of Bro­ken Hill Rd, the Aecom re­port was a vin­di­ca­tion of many months of lament­ing about the plight they were suf­fer­ing.

One woman told us she was sick of her bed­room smelling like the tip face and the vile smell she faced when walk­ing out her door some days.

She even­tu­ally sold and moved to an­other sub­urb.

An­other res­i­dent, Steve Story, said he was re­luc­tant to in­vite friends over be­cause of the odour.

A re­port is­sued this month by con­sul­tants Beca noted the num­ber of smell com­plaints has dropped in the past eight weeks and bet­ter mea­sures had been put in place to com­bat the sit­u­a­tion.

Daily mon­i­tor­ing was be­ing car­ried out, the fill­ing area had been re­designed and ex­tra cover had been put over the waste area.

A joint Welling­ton and Porirua City Coun­cil land­fill com­mit­tee will con­sider the Beca find­ings early in 2016.

Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil will con­tinue to post com­plaints made about the land­fill on its web­site.

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