Thumbs up­for land­fill

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - KRIS DANDO

A mile­stone has been reached at Porirua’s Spicer Land­fill as the re­gional coun­cil lifted its abate­ment no­tice and ex­pressed cau­tious op­ti­mism about it last week.

On June 17, the tip had its land­fill gas man­age­ment plan come into ef­fect, en­sur­ing closer mon­i­tor­ing of gas lev­els on-site and deal­ing with odour com­plaints.

New gas wells and bet­ter prac­tices meant con­di­tions at the Porirua and Welling­ton City Coun­cil owned tip, were more favourable all-round, re­gional coun­cil team leader of en­v­i­ron- ment reg­u­la­tion Jeremy Rus­batch said.

In Septem­ber last year, KapiMana News re­vealed de­tails from an in­de­pen­dent re­port about the high lev­els of hy­dro­gen sul­fide de­tected at the land­fill.

‘‘Things have moved on a long way since then,’’ Rus­batch said.

‘‘Our abate­ment no­tice from last June [for breach­ing the con­sent con­di­tions] has been lifted and we’re very happy with the gas sys­tems and the man­age­ment plan in place.’’

But the good news had been tem­pered by the num­ber of odour com­plaints from Tawa res­i­dents, in­clud­ing five in one night last week. Rus­batch said re­spond­ing to these com­plaints re­mained ‘‘an ab­so­lute pri­or­ity’’ for the re­gional coun­cil.

‘‘Heat and scru­tiny has been on the two coun­cils over Spicer. ’’

Porirua City Coun­cil will shortly sub­mit an up­dated op­er­a­tions and man­age­ment plan for the land­fill to the re­gional coun­cil for re­view, to en­sure best in­ter­na­tional prac­tices are be­ing fol­lowed. Ameet­ing of the Spicer Land­fill com­mu­nity li­ai­son group will be held at 7pm this Thurs­day, June 30, in the Porirua City Coun­cil cham­bers.

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