6.1.8 Standard Conditions for Permitted Activity Rules and Standards and Terms for Controlled and Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules
The following are the standard conditions for permitted activity rules and the standards and terms for controlled and restricted discretionary activity rules for discharges to air:
- There shall be no discharge of contaminants beyond the boundary of the subject property* that has adverse effects on human health, or the health of flora and fauna.
- The discharge shall not result in odour that is objectionable to the extent that it causes an adverse effect at or beyond the boundary of the subject property.
- There shall be no discharge of particulate matter that is objectionable to the extent that it causes an adverse effect at or beyond the boundary of the subject property.
- The discharge shall not significantly impair visibility beyond the boundary of the subject property.
- The discharge shall not cause accelerated corrosion or accelerated deterioration to structures beyond the boundary of the subject property.
- Waikato Regional Council will use the Guidelines for Assessment in Chapter 6.4 to determine whether adverse effects are occurring from the discharge of odour or particulate matter.
Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Section 6.1.8
Parts a) to e) apply to wherever this section is cross-referenced by a condition on a rule in this Plan, although clearly some of the conditions or standards and terms may not be relevant in specific cases. For these permitted activity rules, it is important to note that these thresholds have been designed to allow for minor or low scales of activity. Therefore, if an operator adopts good practice techniques then adverse effects on air quality should not occur.
Part a) is specifically designed for avoiding adverse effects on human health. A contaminant in this sense could be an aerosol discharged from the spraying of effluent or a gas or vapour formed from the combustion of materials. To be consistent with Policy 1 of this Chapter, adverse effects on human health from a discharge should be avoided, as remediation or mitigation is not acceptable.
Part b) is specifically designed to avoid adverse effects from odour, in accordance with Objective 3. Waikato Regional Council will, where appropriate and in accordance with the processes set out in Section 184.108.40.206, Section 220.127.116.11 or Section 18.104.22.168, assess compliance with this condition and respond to incidents of particulate matter which may be objectionable to the extent that they are causing an adverse effect.
Part c) is specially designed to avoid adverse effects from particulate matter. Waikato Regional Council will, where appropriate and in accordance with the processes set out in Section 22.214.171.124 or Section 126.96.36.199, assess compliance with this condition and respond to incidents of odour which may be objectionable to the extent that they are causing an adverse effect.
The discharge of contaminants can affect the visual amenity values on adjoining properties. Part d) has therefore been included to ensure that significant adverse effects on visibility (i.e. the clarity and colour of the air) do not occur.
Part e) is designed for the protection of the built environment from the discharge of contaminants that can corrode structures or cause deterioration to equipment and/or structures over time.