8 Feb 2014

Firm fined for burying quake waste

3:18 pm on 8 February 2014

A Christchurch construction company has been fined $10,000 for burying demolition material from earthquake-damaged homes.

The company, Lindsay Builders, was contracted by Arrow International, on behalf of Southern Response, to demolish 70 houses and dispose of the material.

At two sites demolition waste was buried instead of being taken to an approved waste facility.

The company pleaded guilty to two charges of unlawfully discharging contaminates.

At the sentencing, Justice Borthwick noted a risk of groundwater contamination at one of the sites.

The Canterbury Regional Council says once the issue was identified Lindsay Builders carried out a comprehensive remediation programme, which was appreciated.