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Did NZDOC staff invent another definition of biodegradable?

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From: T. Benseman

Dear Department of Conservation,

biodegradable
/ˌbʌɪə(ʊ)dɪˈɡreɪdəb(ə)l/

adjective
(of a substance or object) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms and thereby avoiding pollution.

By observing DOC and OSPRI signs regarding 1080, it is obvious that your use of 1080 causes pollution of water by depositing large numbers of dead poisoned animals into rivers, lakes and oceans, including native birds, possums, deer, sheep, rodents etc. Studies have also shown that most bacteria do not decompose 1080 as they are killed by the process of it, thus causing more pollution. The bacteria which are capable of breaking down 1080 and surviving, such as E.coli, then proliferate, which is recognised as dangerous to human health and therefore more pollution of Aotearoa New Zealand's water.

Have NZDoC staff invented another definition of biodegradable? If so could they tell us what it is.

As Charles Eason has explained to you that 1080 causes rat plagues, do you have evidence that it is sustainable to continue to pollute water with large numbers of dead rats and other animals on a regular basis? And do you have evidence of a publicly supported social licence to continue to do so?

Thanks,

T. Benseman

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