Auckland residents wait for poisoned property maps

Thursday 4 November 2004

Letters and maps pinpointing the locations of more than 1000 Auckland properties potentially contaminated by dangerous levels of DDT, arsenic, lead and copper will be sent out to anxious residents tomorrow.

By The Landlord

The letters will explain how up to 6000 hectares of land may have been contaminated by past horticultural activity and how the remains from various herbicides, fungicides and insecticides now exceed guidelines for the protection of human health and environment.

An Auckland paper understands the letters will also advise property owners that they will need to arrange their own soil tests if they wish to confirm whether their property is affected.

Anxious property owners have been waiting to learn exactly where the sites are since last week when the Herald published information about the soil contamination.

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