$60,000 fine over spill

Hawke's Bay Today - - Nation -

A min­ing com­pany has been fined more than $60,000 for dis­charg­ing thou­sands of litres of diesel into a stream. Lo­cals com­plained in Au­gust last year about con­tam­i­na­tion of a stream at Ta­haroa Iron­sands’ mine site near Kawhia, on Waikato s west coast. One lo­cal says they tracked the rain­bow-coloured diesel fuel in the Wainui Stream ap­prox­i­mately 400 me­tres out to the Tas­man Sea. Te Kuiti Dis­trict Court Judge Me­lanie Har­land says the com­pany was care­less, and failed to fol­low iso­la­tion pro­ce­dures.

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