The Otago Regional Council is reviewing the information
available on the Taieri's contaminated sites.
• Under review - the sites
Ten sites in the Taieri area were identified by the Otago
Regional Council and Dunedin City Council in 2009 as
Last week, the ORC met representatives from Otago's
territorial authorities to discuss a new hazardous activities
and industries list.
ORC director of environmental monitoring and operations Jeff
Donaldson said the list would contain revised information on
contaminated sites and part of the process would involve
re-evaluating hazardous and potentially hazardous sites in
''We are going over all of the sites in Otago and looking at
them more closely because there's a number of sites which
haven't been clearly identified,'' he said.
The sites in the Taieri area which had been identified as
contaminated would be among those reviewed.
''We are going through those to see if we can find what sites
are where and just exactly what the contamination is likely
ORC senior environmental officer Simon Beardmore said
although the Taieri sites had been identified as
contaminated, the risk to human health was low.
The councils hoped to standardise the information available
about sites and across councils to ''improve access to
information on contaminated land and potentially contaminated
land, and to help the public, local authorities and others
make informed decisions''.
''Any change in land use at these sites would require an
evaluation of risks to human health and Dunedin City Council
approval,'' he said.
Dunedin City Council resource consent manager Alan
Worthington said the council did not ''actively manage'' the
sites, but if someone applied for resource consent to use
them, the user had to address the contamination and the
impacts of their proposed use.