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Rule 10 Mineral extraction, and the sorting and storage of powdered or bulk products

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Rule 10 Mineral extraction, and the sorting and storage of powdered or bulk products

Updated 3 July 2015 12:57pm

The discharge of contaminants into air in connection with:

(1) sorting, storage and conveying (including loading and unloading) of fertiliser, grains, berries, coal, coke, wood chips, sawdust, wood shavings, timber and logs, bark, sand, soda ash, aggregates, live animals and other bulk products (whether in solid or liquid form, other than hydrocarbons which are covered by Rule 8); and/or

(2) the extraction, quarrying [and mining of minerals and the size reduction and screening of wood products and minerals ];

is a Permitted Activity, provided it complies with the conditions below, and excluding discharges of contaminants to air arising from processes involving:

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(b)the pneumatic conveying of bulk materials.

Conditions

Permitted Activities shall comply with the following conditions:

(i) For the area shown as the Operational Port Area, included within the Wellington City District Plan, any discharge shall not result in odour, dust, gas or vapour which is noxious, dangerous, offensive or objectionable to such an extent that it has, or is likely to have, an adverse effect on the environment outside the Operational Port Area; and

(ii) For all other areas, any discharge shall not result in dust, odour, gas or vapour, which is noxious, dangerous, offensive or objectionable at or beyond the boundary of the property.

Clause 2 of Rule 10 was substituted for the original clause by Plan change 1 to the Regional Air Quality Management Plan 2003.

Exclusion (a) of Rule 10 was deleted by Plan change 1 to the Regional Air Quality Management Plan 2003.

Explanation: Rule 10 covers discharges to air from processes involving the extraction of minerals or the sorting and/or storage and/or conveying of solid bulk products (e.g., fertiliser, grains) and liquids (e.g., nitric acid). It also covers the extraction, quarrying, size reduction and screening of minerals. Rule 10 relates to all such processes regardless of whether or not they take place as part of industrial or trade processes.

The Operational Port Area is an area where considerable transfer and storage of bulk goods occurs. Part of the transfer occurs across the mean high water springs line, so the wording of the rule for this area is similar and complementary to that in the Regional Coastal Plan. This rule applies only to discharges to air resulting from activities occurring on the landward side of mean high water springs, while the Regional Coastal Plan controls discharges to air resulting from activities occurring on the seaward side of mean high water springs, that is, in the Coastal Marine Area.

Discharges of contaminants to air relating to the extraction, quarrying, mining, size reduction and screening of minerals which are part of industrial or trade processes will require a resource consent under Rule 23 unless they take place within a river bed. Similarly, the pneumatic conveyancing of powdered and bulk materials, whether or not they occur on an industrial or trade premises, will also require a discretionary resource consent under Rule 23. If the discharges from trade or industrial mineral processing (as described in (a)) take place within a river bed, then they are permitted by the rule. Note that any disturbance of a river bed, such as for gravel extraction, requires a land use consent unless it is specifically allowed by a rule in the Regional Freshwater Plan.

Rule 10 permits the storage of bulk material, subject to the specified conditions, regardless of whether such storage is under cover or in the open. This rule does not apply to the vehicular transportation of bulk materials, such as in trucks on public roads or by rail.