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Māpua soil contamination

Māpua soil contamination

Soil contamination, despite being highly localised, is a significant environmental issue. The Fruitgrowers Chemical Company built a pesticide plant at Māpua, Nelson in 1932, and 13 years later began producing organochlorine pesticides. Chemicals were spilt or leached out and contaminated the soil, groundwater and sediments in the nearby estuary. When the plant closed in 1988 the site was abandoned. In 1999 the government decided to assist Tasman District Council with funding its cleanup. By 2009 the work was nearly completed.

Courtesy of Nelson Mail

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Eric Pawson, 'Economy and the environment - New Zealand’s ecological impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/diagram/21673/mapua-soil-contamination (accessed 19 September 2021)

Story by Eric Pawson, published 11 Mar 2010