The applications by the ASTROLABE COMMUNITY TRUST for:
1) consent to “dump” the remains of the MV Rena, its equipment and cargo on Astrolabe Reef as a result of the grounding of the vessel on 5 October 2011 pursuant to Section 15A of the RMA;
2) consent to “discharge” any harmful substances or contaminants from the remains of the MV Rena, its equipment and cargo that may occur over time as a result of the degradation of the vessel pursuant to Section 15B of the RMA;
have been granted subject to an extensive suite of conditions outlined within the 451 page decision document.
The decision released by the independent hearing panel is contained within two volumes, with a full copy available from the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
As this decision has just been released the Council will not make any comment, to enable the decision document to be considered and the reading of the extensive suite of consent conditions.
Under Section 120 of the Resource Management Act, any person who made a submission now has 15 working days to appeal this decision to the Environment Court.