A Longbush farm has been given consent to discharge effluent from up to 650 cows and 78,000 litres of groundwater a day by Environment Southland.
The farm was also granted consent to construct an agricultural effluent pond.
A written decision by the regional council's resource consents committee says the Longbush property, owned by A J Crooks and Co, was part of another property that had already been granted consent for a dairying operation.
The purpose of the application was "to split one large operation into two smaller operations", it says.
A J Crooks and Co director Ben Nettleton said that despite the proposed disposal system being new technology, he believed it was the best option for the property, the decision said.
The consent application received only one submission against it, from Mr W B and Mrs R A Keen.
In their submission, they said they were concerned the site of the proposed pond - to be used for the discharge - had historically been part of a waterway that connected to Myross Creek and that using it would cause effluent to make its way into the creek.
The company got the approval of more than 20 potentially-affected parties by reducing some sections of the effluent disposal area.
The discharge consent was granted for a period of 10 years and the land usage consent was granted for two years.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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