25 Aug 2014

Canterbury businesses fined $50,000

4:14 pm on 25 August 2014

Two Canterbury businesses have been fined more than $50,000 for allowing dirty water to run off a building development into Duvauchelle Bay on Banks Peninsula.

Sicon Ferguson Limited was fined $30,000 and Tresta Holdings Limited was fined $22,000 for breaching the Resource Management Act.

Judge John Hassan told the court neither company sought to deliberately pollute the environment, however, neither abided by their legal obligations.

Canterbury Regional Council spokesperson Kim Drummond said the companies were warned of the potential for discharge because of the location and the weather but both disregarded the advice.

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