Burial of 600 - 700 carcasses on Westport Beach

Sarahdotc made this Official Information request to Department of Conservation

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From: Sarahdotc

Dear Department of Conservation,

In regards to the recent discovery of 600 - 700 carcasses on a Westport, South Island beach recently please provide the following regarding the burial on the beach:

1. Was permission sought for the burial by anyone? Please include internal DOC permission sought as well as external land owners and or anyone else. Please provide all correspondence/communications.
2. Who from? Please provide their relationship with the land used for burial.
3. Was that a personal or departmental request? Please provide any correspondence/communications.
4. Did the person/entity giving permission for the burial receive any information/notification relating to potential toxins/poisons that may be in the carcasses? Please provide any correspondence/communications.
5. If so, what toxins/poisons and why were they in particularly noted/informed of? Please provide any correspondence/communications.
6. What are the rules and regulations relating to the burial of potentially hazardous waste that DOC is required to follow?
7. How were these rules and regulations implemented in this burial?
8. Please provide any internal and external communications/correspondence relating to any follow up on the burial.

Thanking you

S Carter

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From: Government Services
Department of Conservation

Dear Sarah


On behalf of the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, I
confirm receipt of your request below.

Your request has been forwarded to the relevant business group for
processing.  You will receive a reply in accordance with the requirements
of the Official Information Act 1982.


Yours sincerely

Gabrielle Muir

Government Services

for Director-General


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