Applicant: Fonterra Cooperative Group Limited
Address For Service: C/- Planz Consultants, PO Box 1845, Christchurch 8140
Attn: Dean Chrystal. Or email: email@example.com
The applicant has applied for the following resource consents in relation to the proposed development to:
CRC160873 – to undertake earthworks associated with the excavation of stormwater ponds, site levelling, construction of earth bunds and construction of a swale within 50 metres of a surface water body at the milk processing site and the wastewater treatment site at or about map reference NZ Topo50 CB19:5160-4591 and Topo50 CB19:5187-4456 respectively. The earthworks are also associated with the installation of a wastewater pipe within 5 metres of a flood protection structure at or about map references NZ Topo50 CB19:5164-4480, Topo50 CB19:5247-4459 and Topo50 CB19:5499-4458.
CRC160875 – to undertake earthworks in the beds and banks of watercourses and their riparian margins, including alterations to existing culverts in relation to the installation of a wastewater pipe at or about map references NZTopo50 CB19:5164-4480, Topo50 CB19:5247-4459 and Topo50 CB19:5499-4458.
CRC160940 - to divert northern catchment surface water and to undertake site dewatering. Diversion of water will occur by creating a swale to reclaim the existing northern drainage path on the milk processing site.
Dewatering will occur along the wastewater pipeline route from the Wastewater Treatment Plant to the ocean outfall structure and at the surge chamber site during site construction. Dewatering water will be discharged into water and it may contain contaminants such as suspended solids.
An unlimited consent duration is sought for the above three consents.
CRC160874 – to discharge domestic wastewater to land from staff and visitor facilities associated with a milk powder plant. The discharge will not exceed a volume of 8 cubic metres per day averaged over any 30 consecutive days. The discharge will be applied via drip lines to a disposal area with a minimum area of 4,000 square metres at an application rate not exceeding 2.5 millimetres per day. The disposal area will be located at 32 Foleys Road, Studholme at or about map reference NZ Topo50 CB19:5142-4537. The discharge to land will result in contaminants entering groundwater. Contaminants will include pathogenic microorganisms, nutrients, suspended solids, and the wastewater may have a high oxygen demand.
CRC160876 - to disturb, occupy and discharge contaminants to the Coastal Marine Area (CMA), at or about map reference NZ Topo50 CB19:5515-4458 and to erect and place structures within the Coastal Hazard Zone, at or about map reference NZ Topo50 CB19:5508-4457.
Construction, erection and placement of the pipeline to convey the discharges from the Wastewater Treatment Plant to the ocean outfall will cause disturbances to the CMA and Coastal Hazard Zone.
The operation of the pipeline will include the occupation of the foreshore and seabed.
The discharge will include treated process wastewater, washwater and stormwater. All treated wastewater will be discharged continuously from the Wastewater Treatment Plant via the pipeline to the Pacific Ocean via an ocean outfall.
The discharge may result in contaminants entering coastal waters. Contaminants may include non-human pathogenic microorganisms, nutrients, suspended solids, dissolved salts and the wastewater may have some oxygen demand.
CRC160871 – to discharge contaminants to air from a milk powder plant. The discharge will be:
(a) products of combustion from a 65 megawatt and from a 50 megawatt coal and/or wood biomass fired boiler discharging via a single 68 metre high stack;
(b) particulates from the production of milk powder in two 30 tonne per hour milk powder dryers discharging from individual stacks, each at a height of not less than 59 metres;
(c) odour from the milk powder plant and from the treatment of milk powder plant wastewater.
The contaminants will include particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen.
CRC160872 – to discharge stormwater from roofs, roads, pervious and hardstand areas associated with a milk powder plant. Stormwater will be discharged via pipes, swales and infiltration treatment basins into land in circumstances that may result in contaminants entering groundwater and to the marine environment by way of an ocean outfall. Contaminants may include suspended sediments, hydrocarbons, heavy metals, non-human pathogenic microorganisms, and other organic contaminants.
A consent duration of 35 years is sought for the above four consents.
Waimate District Council
RMA150031 – a Land use Consent for the expansion of Studholme Milk Processing Plant on State Highway 1. The expansion involves 26ha of which 13.5ha is zoned Business 3 and 12.5ha is Rural under the Waimate District Plan. The development, which is to occur in two stages, will include construction of two dryers with associated discharge stacks; two additional coal fired boilers; new powder dry-store buildings; associated rail sidings and loading facilities; a new milk reception and tanker wash facilities; an upgraded domestic wastewater facility. A new wastewater treatment plant including biological wastewater treatment plant and expanded stormwater storage pond system is to be constructed and operated at site on Hannaton Road. The proposal also includes earthworks close to the Waimate Creek for installation of a pipeline out to the ocean outfall.
The construction workforce is estimated to peak at 700 workers and the permanent workforce is expected to increase from 50 to 150 operational staff and 15 to 150 tanker drivers. The total vehicle movements are estimated to increase from 162 per day to 529 (Stage 1) and to 1237 (Stage 2)
Details of the resource consent:
The application includes an assessment of environmental effects, as well as individual assessments in respect of landscape, odour, stormwater, wastewater, lighting, traffic and noise. A lapsing period of 10 years is sought.
Resource consent is required because industrial activities are not a permitted activity within the Rural zone and wastewater treatment is not permitted as a utility in the Waimate District Plan. In addition there are a number of non-compliances with District Plan standards including building height, setback, landscaping, access, riparian earthworks, heavy vehicle movements, signs, parking, queuing, traffic generation and storage of hazardous substances.
Submissions for the Environment Canterbury and Waimate District Council applications are to close with Environment Canterbury not later than 5 p.m. on Friday 27th November 2015
Click on this link to read the applications: http://ecan.govt.nz/get-involved/consent-projects/Pages/fonterra.aspx