Reducing or removing the potential for environmental pollution is a fundamental component of any construction project. Potential contaminants can be introduced from all stages of construction. These can include (but are not limited to):
- Smoke (typically to air)
- Dust (typically to air)
- Petrol / Diesel / Oil Spillage (typically to waterways / road surfaces)
- Erosion / Sediment (typically to waterways / road surfaces)
- Concrete (typically to waterways)
- Bitumen (typically to waterways)
- Polystyrene (typically to waterways)
- Paint / Plaster (typically to waterways)
It is a responsibility of the Contractor to use and maintain construction techniques that keep contaminants under control. Discharge to Council’s stormwater system of any material other than clean rainwater is prohibited under s15 of the Resource Management Act and Council’s Stormwater (Pollution Prevention) Bylaw.
Where contaminants enter Councils stormwater system, the Engineer and Councils Pollution Prevention Officer shall be notified immediately. Where safe and practical to do so, temporary controls shall be put in place to reduce the effect of the contaminants until remedial action can be undertaken to minimise any further impact and prevent reoccurrence.
Contaminants that require dumping off-site shall be handled appropriately (based on the type of material) and taken to an approved, legally operated site (certified to hold or process the material) as instructed by the Engineer.
Our community is increasingly aware of the potential impacts of development on Tauranga’s environment, especially its Harbour and waterways. Construction is a major influencing factor that can provide for good environmental outcomes on any project.
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