Tighter air pollution restrictions affecting a wide range of
Cantabrians have been put out by ECan, which has a 1
May deadline for submissions opposing or wanting changes
the new rules. The new rules apply to all air pollutants, including
dust, smoke and odour and will affect everyone from farmers,
restaurant operators and home owners to manufacturers, the
construction industry, aggregate extractors and food processers.
This will happen through the proposed Canterbury Air Regional Plan
(pCARP), which will replace Chapter 3 of the
Natural Resources Regional Plan. Examples of changes are:
Simply avoiding objectionable or offensive odours will no longer
be good enough, but general odour management will become
compulsory. New requirements for resource consents and compulsory
odour management plans are included.
New rules will control dust coming from the full range of
sources, covering new builds, demolition and clean fill sites,
subdivisions under development, vehicles driving on unsealed roads,
ports and quarries. They set higher standards for dust management
and impose new resource consent and dust management plan
Industrial Scale Discharges
The pCARP deals with the largest producers of air pollution by
not only encouraging location away from sensitive areas or
activities, but by requiring them to stick to air quality
guidelines and industry best practice standards, including the use
of new, cleaner technology.
The new rules also clamp down on wood burners through further
banning open fires and even low-emission burners in some areas,
compulsory maintenance record keeping for wood fires and, by 2019,
making the installation of anything other than ultra-low emitting
burner illegal across the whole Region.
Farm and outdoor burning
The pCARP tackles smoke from burn-offs (like crop stubble) and
other vegetation fires by imposing new restrictions on how, where
and when it can happen, triggering more requirements for resource
consents and smoke management plans in many situations.
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