Concern about declining water quality is widespread in New Zealand. While the causes are many and varied, there are improvements which can be made to the system that will help. As such, I am making this submission in support of the Bill.
This Bill reinforces the ‘polluter pays’ principle under the RMA – that pollution and the effects of pollution must be avoided, remedied, or mitigated and that the cost of this management should be internalised.
This Bill proposes that a 5 year limit be placed on resource consents that allow the discharge of pollutants in exceptional circumstances. Currently that limit is 35 years.