Emotions run high at Auckland 'dirty dirt' meeting

Wednesday 17 November 2004

Emotions ran high last night at the first public meeting to discuss the dirty dirt scare with people asking how Auckland City Council could tag their properties as potentially contaminated in the absence of any hard evidence.

By The Landlord

"I don't want a LIM (land information memorandum) report on my property when there is no proof of contamination," Charlie Smith, one of more than 300 people to attend the meeting at Avondale College, said.

The college is on potentially contaminated land in the Rosebank Rd area of Avondale, one of the worst affected areas in Auckland City.

The council yesterday started tagging potentially affected properties on LIM reports from a desktop study of old aerial photographs showing market garden and horticultural sites that were sprayed with herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

This followed letters being sent to 4872 potentially affected homeowners telling them they would have to pay for tests to find out if their properties were contaminated or not with DDT, arsenic, lead and copper.

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