Yashili plant effects 'less than minor'

Last updated 05:00 12/04/2013

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The environmental effects of the proposed $210 million Yashili infant formula production plant at Pokeno, north Waikato, are generally "less than minor", according to the Chinese company's resource consent application.

The company applied this week to the Waikato District Council for land use consent to build and operate the milk powder manufacturing plant within the Pokeno light industrial zone.

It will apply separately to the Waikato Regional Council for a permit to discharge into air from a milk-powder drier and a gas-fired heater.

The land use consent application says a noise assessment shows the development will comfortably comply with permitted noise standards in the council's district plan and traffic movements will fall well within standards. No noise or traffic mitigation measures are required.

While some components of the proposal, such as the height of the drier, will exceed the permitted activity standard, the development can be done in a way that avoids, mitigates or remedies the effects, the application says.

The drier will be the tallest part of the plant at up to 47 metres.

Other buildings on the site, apart from storage silos and the boiler, air heater and drier stacks, will all be below 15m high.

Yashili, which has had the green light from the Overseas Investment Office to invest in the Pokeno land, says it has had discussions with local iwi and other Pokeno residents and considers the proposal meets the requirements of the Resource Management Act.

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