May 28, 2019
Lee offers way out of Aotea dredge dump site row
Auckland councillor Mike Lee says he can’t understand why dredging sludge needs to be dumped near Aotea-Great Barrier rather than at a site used by the council further out to sea.
Tangata whenua on Aotea have appealed an Environmental Protection Agency consent allowing Coastal Resources to dump sediment dredged up from the Auckland harbour at the site 25 kilometres from the island,
They say it will affect hapuka and other fisheries.
Mr Lee, who many years ago protested the Auckland Port company dumping dredge waste in sallow waters near the Noises, says the solution then was to dump the dredgings in 1 km of water 27 km east of Cuvier -Rapanga Island.
"This Coastal Resources Ltd site is a relatively new site. It's in use now but it's a lot closer than the site used by Ports of Auckland and I don't understand why they don't just don't use the same site because it's so deep and it's so far out that any pollution effect would be absolutely minimal," he says.
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