New Zealand: Concern about DDT contamination in Tasman District

RADIO NEW ZEALAND, OCTOBER 8, 2006
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Tasman National Park, Nelson, on New Zealand’s South Island
A Nelson community group wants assurances that DDT dumped near a stream 30 years ago is not causing a local hazard.
Formerly confidential records have been released by the Tasman District Council, identifying 12 sites where chemical waste was dumped from the 1950s until 1988.
The largest contaminated site, at Mapua, is currently undergoing an $8 million clean-up.
But a spokesperson for the Mapua Ratepayers Association, Bill Bryse, says locals want assurances that a smaller dump site in the village is now safe.
He says Council representatives will be asked about the DDT at a meeting on Monday.

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