GWRC's Failure Of Duty
K. Roestenburg made this Official Information request to Wellington Regional Council
This request has an unknown status. We're waiting for K. Roestenburg to read a recent response and update the status.
From: K. Roestenburg
Dear Wellington Regional Council,
Today (15/05/23) International Waste Ltd otherwise known as Interwaste was knowingly breaching their Discharge To Air Consent for the entire day and allowing volatilized hazardous waste spew out beyond their legal boundary and on to the streets. This in turn filled my warehouse with volatilized hazardous waste that smelt like strange indescribable chemicals and feces \ damp ass type of smell.
I called the GWRC in the morning at approx 8.20am and informed them about this breach of Discharge To Air Consent and was provided with the transaction number (TX 245-36).
The GWRC did not attend. However the emissions coming from International Waste Ltd continued to spew out beyond their legal boundary and fill my warehouse.
At around 2PM the emissions unbearable and my lungs were sore and I had experienced multiple headaches at random times so I once again called the GWRC and informed them and was provided with a transaction number (TX 245-37). The GWRC once again did not attend.
By this stage of the day both me and my staff members had been breathing in volatized hazardous waste for the entire day.
Based off the ticket numbers the GWRC had only received a smell complaint once during the day and that was from me(TX-245-36 to TX-245-37).
My questions are this;
1. Why did the GWRC fail their duty under the RMA to ensure compliance with International Waste Ltd's Discharge To Air Consent today? Typically you would advise us that the environmental team are too busy or have multiple discharge to air breaches to inspect however the ticket numbers show that I was the only one who called that day up until the second call so what gives and what excuse do you have for not attending this breach of the Discharge To Air Consent?
2. Kelly Sutton - one of the owners of Interwaste and also the owner SOS Success Ltd Divorce Coaching and Mediation Services has listed in a affidavit to the courts that the GWRC has only caught them breaching their Discharge To Air Consent in regards to emissions twice in all the years they've been operating. Is this true? As I have at-least 22 serious breaches recorded down for this year alone and as for what I would consider to be minor breaches these occur on a daily basis as emissions fill my warehouse on a almost a daily basis.
3. If the GWRC are not attending and have not been attend for years on end than how is a breach supposed to be recorded? It is almost as if the GWRC do not wish to take any enforcement action against interwaste as they currently have a monopoly on the hazardous and infectious waste or alternatively there is corruption occurring within the GWRC that is blocking this from being looked into too much.
4.Will the GWRC be paying for the future cancer treatments of those who have been affected due to their negligence and failure to ensure consent compliance?
5. Chris Wright an agent of the GWRC tried to alter the general publics perception about what has been occurring here and mentioned in a public forum that I have no idea what I am talking about, that my research papers have nothing to do with this matter even though it's based on autoclaves and that according to him those within the GWRC believe that I am standing on "soap box" - which is why the GWRC have done little to nothing to end this from happening. Could you please advise if this the GWRC's official position on these constant breaches as it would seem to be the case based off the GWRC's actions on this matter.
6. I made an official complaint directly to the Nigel Corry half a year ago and it was ignored by him until the ombudsman got involved and then he replied half a year later. Why?
7. I responded to Nigel Corry's email to me and had some questions for him, which instead of responding to he lodged as an LGOIMA through who I assume to be his personal assistance when I never requested an LGOIMA, this delaying tactic seems to be common place when dealing with the GWRC, Why?
From: Darrell Young
Wellington Regional Council
Acknowledgement of Request for Information under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
Thank you for your email dated 15 May 2023, requesting information
regarding International Waste Ltd breaching their discharge to air
Your request is being followed-up and a reply will be sent to you within
20 working days of the request being received.
Please note that it is our policy to proactively release our responses to
official information requests where possible. We do not publish
requesters’ personal information.
We will let you know when we respond to your request if we intend to
publish it on Greater Wellington’s website.
Greater Wellington Regional Council
ATTENTION: This correspondence is confidential and intended for the named
recipient(s) only. If you are not the named recipient and receive this
correspondence in error, you must not copy, distribute or take any action
in reliance on it and you should delete it from your system and notify the
sender immediately. Unless otherwise stated, any views or opinions
expressed are solely those of the author, and do not represent those of
Things to do with this request
- Add an annotation (to help the requester or others)
- Download a zip file of all correspondence