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Ara­puni’s milk pow­der pro­cess­ing plant has been given a green light by En­vi­ron­ment Waikato.

The plant had al­ready re­ceived con­sent from South Waikato District Coun­cil with En­vi­ron­ment Waikato an­nounc­ing on Fri­day it too had granted con­sent.

The two coun­cils were re­spon­si­ble for de­cid­ing on con­sent for dif­fer­ent as­pects of the plant’s op­er­a­tion and con­struc­tion.

In their de­ci­sion En­vi­ron­ment Waikato com­mis­sion­ers Rob van Voorthuy­sen and Dave Roke said con­sent con­di­tions would help ‘‘ en­sure the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of the pro­posed ac­tiv­i­ties would not be in­con­sis­tent with the re­gional pol­icy state­ment and re­gional plan’’.

They said the po­ten­tial ad­verse ef­fects of the pro­posed South Waikato Pro­cess­ing Fa­cil­ity Limited dis­charge of treated waste­water to land and con­tam­i­nants to air were ei­ther ‘‘mi­nor or can be ad­e­quately reme­died or mit­i­gated by the im­po­si­tion of con­di­tions’’. There will be no dis­charge of waste­water to sur­face wa­ter.

In its re­port the com­mit­tee noted the Ngati Koroki Char­i­ta­ble Trust had expressed the de­sire that the ap­pli­cant com­mit to fi­nan­cially sup­port­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal projects in the area. While the com­mit­tee said im­pos­ing this as a con­sent con­di­tion was out­side its pow­ers it seems such a trust will still go ahead af­ter Ara­puni Milk chair­man Barry McGlag­gan told the com­mit­tee the com­pany would pro­vide up to $50,000 per year in grants to the com­mu­nity.

Ngati Koroki Char­i­ta­ble Trust had op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion on en­vi­ron­men­tal grounds and be­cause they ques­tioned the devel­op­ment’s ben­e­fit to the Ara­puni com­mu­nity.

The Raukawa Char­i­ta­ble Trust had sought as­sur­ance that the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of farms sup­ply­ing the plant were ac­cept­able.

The com­mit­tee noted again that it could not im­pose con­sent con­di­tions along these lines but noted Mr McGlag­gan’s com­ment that a clause in sup­ply agree­ments would al­low his com­pany to refuse milk from farm­ers not com­ply­ing with the coun­cil’s farm man­age­ment rules.

The hear­ing on the plant’s re­source con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions was held in Pu­taruru last month.

The plant is to be built on 14 hectares of land just north of Ara­puni.

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