Protesters say landfill leachate threatens

By: Craig Powell

About 20 protesters returned to State Highway 1, this time near the Hill Street intersection on Waitangi Day, to continue to voice their opposition to a proposed landfill in the Dome Valley.    

Industry giant Waste Management wants to develop the landfill on a large block of land, east of State Highway 1, between Forestry Road and the Hoteo River.

Protestor Sue Crockett said the proposed landfill was an ecological disaster waiting to happen.

She said tributaries flowed into the Hoteo River directly from the tip site with the potential to contaminate both Wellsford’s drinking water supply and the Kaipara Harbour, the country’s largest snapper breeding ground.

“Many people rely on the Kaipara for their livelihood and their family’s wellbeing,” she said.

She said protesters are sceptical of Waste Management’s assertion that the landfill will be constructed with a lining system that will prevent leachate polluting the environment through the soil or waterways. Read more

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