Federated Farmers president Bruce Wills says:
. . . Local government is also an area where inconsistency reigns supreme. Do you realise some local councils have a two-faced resource consent when it comes to managing wastewater disposal? One is for business as usual, but the other is an ‘emergency consent’ when the system can’t cope as a result of heavy rain or even equipment failure. No other individual, business or farm enjoys such a ‘get out of jail free’ card. Yet two-faced resource consents have allowed some councils to starve core services of cash, such as critical wastewater upgrades. Instead, ‘nice to have’ projects mean when the day of reckoning finally arrives, crippling rates result.. .
Farmers have been prosecuted for effluent spills that could get in to water ways, but haven’t while Councils can get away with actual pollution.
Hat tip: rivettingKateTaylor.