25.4.2 Objectives and Policies: Hazardous Facilities
To protect people, property and the natural environment by avoiding or minimising the adverse effects of storage, use, disposal or transport of hazardous substances.
Hazardous facilities shall be located where they do not give rise to levels of risk, including residual risks, which are incompatible with the nature of surrounding land uses or natural environment.
Hazardous facilities shall be designed, constructed and managed to avoid or minimise significant adverse effects, including cumulative effects.
Hazardous facilities shall provide facilities and systems to avoid the contamination of air, land and water (including groundwater, potable water supplies and surface waters) in the event of an accidental spill or release of hazardous substances.
Disposal of hazardous substances shall be undertaken in an environmentally safe manner to minimise the risk of hazardous substances being discharged into the environment.
Hazardous facilities shall be located, designed, installed and managed to avoid adverse effects of natural hazards, e.g. flooding, on the facility so as to reduce the risk of hazardous substances being discharged into the environment as a result of a natural hazard event.
The positive effects that hazardous facilities have on the economic and social wellbeing of the Waikato region and Hamilton should be recognised.
The operations of established hazardous facilities and the areas within which these facilities are encouraged are protected from significant reverse-sensitivity effects arising from the inappropriate location of sensitive land-use activities.
The establishment of sensitive land uses within or near existing hazardous facilities or areas identified for such a facility shall be managed if they would create significant reverse-sensitivity effects that would limit a facility’s ability to carry out its operations without unreasonable constraints.
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