Public notice - Alliance Group Ltd - Lorneville

Proposal: Environment Southland has received an application from Alliance Group Limited (APP‑20158595) for resource consents to enable the ongoing operation, use and maintenance of its Lorneville meat processing plant (the plant). Six resource consents have been sought for discharges to water, land and air, the taking of water and maintenance of a water intake structure. Alliance Group Limited is seeking a 35 year consent term for the various consents applied for. The consents being sought relate to:

Discharge Permits:

  • to discharge treated wastewater from the plant and treated domestic sewage from Wallacetown to the Makarewa River via the Boiler Ditch at a rate of up to 22,730 cubic metres per day. This is a discretionary activity under Rule 2(b)(i) of the Regional Water Plan for Southland. As part of the application an upgrade to the existing wastewater treatment system at the plant is proposed to be implemented by year 15 of the consent that is being sought.
  • to discharge treated wastewater directly to land in circumstances where it may enter water via an irrigation system. This discharge will be at a rate of up to 3,000 cubic metres per day and will be discharged to land owned by Alliance Group Limited via K-line pods. This is a discretionary activity under Rule 2(b)(ii) of the Regional Water Plan for Southland. This consent will be surrendered by Alliance Group Limited and the discharge will cease once the upgrades to the wastewater treatment system as described above are completed.
  • to discharge treated wastewater to land as waste activated solids generated by the upgraded wastewater treatment system (referred to as biosolids in the application). This is a discretionary activity under Rule 5.4.6 of the Regional Effluent Land Application Plan.
  • to discharge waste activated solids (biosolids) generated by the upgraded wastewater treatment system and stockyard solids to a monofill. This is a discretionary activity under Rule 56 of the Regional Water Plan for Southland.
  • to discharge contaminants and odour to air from two coal fired boilers (18 megawatts and 12.7 megawatts), plant operations and odour from the current and proposed upgraded wastewater treatment systems. This is a discretionary activity under Rule 5.5.5 of the Regional Air Quality Plan. The individual boilers operate at varying rates throughout the day and year, relative to the processing occurring at the plant. Odours from the site can originate from existing onsite processes including blood processing, rendering, fellmongery, soup stock facilities, the stockyards and the wastewater treatment system (both current and proposed).

Water Permit: to take and use 22,500 cubic metres per day of surface water from the Oreti River at Lorneville for use in the plant. This is a discretionary activity under Rule 18(e) of the Regional Water Plan for Southland.

Land Use Consent: to disturb the bed of the Oreti River to undertake periodic maintenance and clearance of debris to maintain a water intake structure and channel. This is a discretionary activity under Rule 47 of the Regional Water Plan for Southland.

Location: Lorneville, Southland at about New Zealand Transverse Mercator Projection (NZTM) grid reference 1237823 East, 4856200 North. The site is 7 kilometres north of Invercargill and 2 kilometres east of Wallacetown.

Legal Description of Site: river adjacent to Section 55 Block XIV Invercargill HUN, Lots 32 and 33 Blk II DP 6, Lot 3 DP 10900, Pt Sections 35 and 36 Blk XIV Invercargill HUN, Pt Section 45 Blk XIV Lorneville HUN, Hydro, Crown Land Blk XVI New River HUN, Section 93 Block XVI New River HUN and Lot 1 DP 8017.

Address for Service: Mitchell Partnerships Limited, PO Box 409, Dunedin 9054Address for Service: Mitchell Partnerships Limited, PO Box 409, Dunedin 9054 or by email to claire.hunter@mitchellpartnerships.co.nz

The application is available for inspection at Environment Southland, corner of Price Street and North Road, Waikiwi, Invercargill during working hours (8.00 am to 5.00 pm). A summary document providing an overview of the application, along with a submission form, is available on request. Electronic copies of the application documents are available on request. Enquiries may be directed to Daniel Smith, team leader consents, Environment Southland.

Submissions on the application must be received by Environment Southland no later than 5.00 pm on Monday 16 May 2016. A submission form is available on the above link or from the Environment Southland office. Submissions may also be forwarded by email to service@es.govt.nz.

Submissions must be dated and signed (unless forwarded electronically) and must include the following information:

  1. your name, postal address and telephone number (and fax number if applicable);
  2. details of the application in respect of which you are making the submission;
  3. whether it is in support of, or in opposition to the application, or is neutral;
  4. your submissions, with reasons;
  5. the decision that you wish Council to make; and
  6. whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission

and you must serve a copy of your submission on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable.

Page reviewed: 04 May 2016 11:53am