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The Tarawera river in New Zealand
was once an abundant source of
food for the locals and the region's
wildlife, but today, it is known as the
black drain, thanks to the tonnes of
toxic effluents being pumped into it.
The chief culprit is the Tasman Pulp
and Paper Mill at Kawerau, the
largest producer of toxic chlorine in
New Zealand. In addition, waste
from the smaller Caxton paper mill,
Kawerau's raw sewage and heavy
metals from a geothermal plant also
find their way into the river. But their
days of polluting the river may be
numbered as Greenpeace, New
Zealand, plans a mass campaign
against the polluters this year.
According to Greenpeace, it was
the 1955 Special Act of Parliament,
which gave the mills the 'licence to
pollute'. Since the Act has now
expired, Tasman and Caxton must
both apply afresh for permission to
release effluents into the river under
the Resource Management Act. The
act which allows environmental
groups to intervene, involves the formulation of a new management
plan. The plan would provide consent to the use of a certain amount of
resources and the emission of
wastes, by the firms concerned.
Greenpeace has already made a submission to the Bay of Plenty Regional
Council which is developing a new
plan for the river. According to the
plan (which has not yet been
finalised), the firms would have to
achieve a target of zero discharge
into the river by the year 2000 by
replacing chlorine with safer and
totally chlorine.free alternatives.
These substitutes are currently in use
in both Europe and North America.
At the national level, Greenpeace
shall press the government to expedite phasing out the chlorine-containing chemicals. At the local level,
activists like Kay Smith are rallying
other environmental groups and citizens, to pressurise the mill and the
council through letters, pamphlets
and filing petetions so that the
river could be restored to its original