Since 1997 the Ministry for the Environment has been involved with a number of initiatives relating to contaminated land. Most notably:
These initiatives have been very successful. The guidelines are widely used by practitioners and are considered by them to be technically robust. The CSRF has assisted in 33 projects, including the remediation of New Zealand’s worst contaminated site at Mapua. Approximately 270 tonnes of agrichemicals have been collected and removed from rural properties across New Zealand.
This extensive suite of initiatives is almost entirely the result of the Ministry working in close partnership with local government and industry, to the extent that a number of these initiatives were driven by these groups. However, there are still issues to address, including:
Recognising the success of these previous initiatives, the Ministry wants to continue working together with our stakeholders to develop tools that are useful, technically robust and address these remaining issues. This document forms the basis for a discussion on how to achieve a comprehensive policy framework for managing contaminated land, and we welcome your input.
Anyone can make a submission on this discussion paper. Please include the following information:
For your views to be considered, you must forward your submission to the Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10-362, Wellington, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, to be received no later than 5.00 pm on 28 February 2007.