12 Nov 2014

Arsenic concern at Darfield subdivision

6:09 pm on 12 November 2014

A subdivision northwest of Christchurch is being tested for soil contamination after at least three properties were found to have high levels of arsenic.

The Selwyn District Council and the Canterbury Regional Council planned to carry out soil testing on 20 properties in a Darfield subdivision to see whether they have been affected by toxins left behind by sheep yards, including sheep dip.

The district council's environmental services manager, John Christenson, said recent tests showed that at least one property had arsenic levels higher than national environmental standards and another two had levels slightly higher than recommended.

However, the potential risk to residents from any contamination was low, he said.

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