23 Feb 2021

Southland Regional Council ramps up its Tiwai Point checks

From Midday Report, 12:17 pm on 23 February 2021

The Southland Regional Council says it has ramped up the monitoring of toxic waste levels at Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.

Tiwai Point

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The Environment minister David Parker today slammed New Zealand Aluminium Smelters, saying he was frustrated at a lack of co-operation.

He told RNZ the government is unable to intervene directly, so has given Environment Southland $300,000 to measure waste levels at the Bluff smelter, which has stockpiled 106,000 tonnes of cyanide-laced hazardous waste less than 100 metres from a fast-eroding beach.

The council's chief executive, Rob Phillipps, spoke to Māni Dunlop.