Pokeno quarry granted consents (NZ) A controversial new 18ha quarry earmarked for Mangatangi, 18km northeast of Pokeno, has been granted resource consents by Environment Waikato (EW) and the Franklin District Council. The volume of gravel to be extracted from the area amounts to 1.5 million cubic metres and roads in the area will have to cope with an increase in truck movements from an average of 28 to 80 per day. The application for consents drew 97 submissions to the Franklin council and a further 82 to EW. Most submitters were concerned about the effects on noise, water quality, monitoring, aesthetics, riparian planting, dust and traffic. They considered the $50,000 offered by quarry operator Emerald Downs Ltd to improve the roads in the area “grossly insufficient”. Fears were also held for downstream properties, which could be damaged when unpredictable rain combined with quarry operations to cause potential erosion and flooding. But the hearing committee was satisfied a planting and fencing plan would mitigate adverse water effects and the quarry would not change flood flows.
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