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Under Auckland Council's Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan (PAUP), new rules are coming into effect around industrial and trade activities (ITA) conducted in the greater Auckland area. The rules are aimed at mitigating the discharge of environmentally hazardous substances to land and water which result from ITA. This is relevant to a broad cross section of industries, with the PAUP specifically mentioning defence, hazardous materials storage or treatment, metal processing, waste transfer, boat construction, railway refuelling and timber treatment, to name just a few.
What do the new PAUP rules around ITA mean for my business?
Auckland Council rates the activities of a business by categorising its site or sites as low, moderate or high risk – a grading system which indicates the type of authorisation required for the activity. Regulations may include the acquisition of an ITA resource consent, the installation of a stormwater treatment system and/or the implementation of an environmental management plan for your site.
What if I don’t meet compliance for my ITA?
Non-compliance with the new regulations for ITA can have consequences for your business. There could be financial implications in the form of fines and having to fast track remedial solutions – such implications can be harmful to a smaller business. In addition, your business could suffer negative publicity associated with perceived harm to the environment.
How can I ensure I am meeting requirements under the new ITA rules?
If you are wondering what the specific requirements are for your business activities under the new ITA rules, our environmental consultants and planners have an in-depth understanding of the requirements under the PAUP and can assess your risk level, as well as provide services necessary to ensure you meet regulatory compliance.