Taha ordered to pay Environment Southland $30,000

Taha Asia Pacific has been ordered to pay more than $30,000 in costs to Environment Southland.

The company, along with Taha Fertilizer Industries and Crawford Enterprises, was accused of storing the potentially hazardous Ouvea Premix material at a site near Edendale.

In a written decision, released this month, Environment Court Judge Jane Borthwick orders the company to pay costs and expenses of $25,745.97 to Environment Southland.

"Which the Council has incurred in avoiding, remedying or mitigating the adverse effect on the environment by the deposit of the material containing aluminium dross or Ouvea Premix on the property at Coal Pit Road, Edendale."

Ouvea Premix is a class six hazardous substance which is a byproduct of the aluminium production process.

Taha was accused of discharging a contaminant in circumstances where that contaminant may enter water, and discharging an industrial contaminant where that contaminant gets to air.

The company was also ordered to pay an extra $5000 to Environment Southland to cover investigation court costs, the decision says.

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