Statement from Chairman Horrell on removal of ouvea premix
Statement from Chairman Nicol Horrell on removal of ouvea pre-mix from Mataura
We welcome the agreement that has been reached to move the ouvea premix from the old Mataura paper mill site to the New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Limited site at Tiwai Point.
Environment Southland has been a party to this long-running issue, first identifying it illegally dumped in 2014, subsequently prosecuting and discovering the storage at the Mataura paper mill through an enforcement order.
We’re delighted that the ouvea premix will be stored more securely as the paper mill has been a risky site, environmentally, with three recent near misses.
This is the best possible outcome, providing the Mataura residents with peace of mind while also protecting our waterways.