21 Nov 2008

Meat company fined $150,000 for burying toxic waste

6:36 am on 21 November 2008

A Waikato meat company and two senior employees have been fined a record amount under the Resource Management Act for illegally burying toxic waste.

The Auckland District Court has ordered the Wallace Corporation, Neville Cross and Barry Dew, to pay fines and costs totalling $150,390.

They were convicted last year for burying electrical equipment containing polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs, under a concrete slab.

The company was ordered to clean up the site at Waitoa, near Morrisonsville, where it operates an abattoir as well as rendering plant and tannery.

The Waikato Regional Council says the chemicals could leak into waterways.