Company admits stream contamination that killed 2000 eels

A company has admitted contaminating a Christchurch stream that led to the deaths of 2000 eels and fish. 

Polarcold Stores Ltd admitted discharging ammonia onto land in circumstances that could see it enter water, without permission or consent, in court on Wednesday.

Environment Canterbury launched a major investigation after the eels were found in a 4km stretch along Kaputone Creek, Belfast, in April.

The case has been remanded until December 19, when the company will enter a plea to a second charge of discharging ammonia gas from an industrial or trade premises into the air. 

No summary of facts were released at Wednesday's hearing. 

The case will then be heard again in February next year, as the company and the Canterbury Regional Council are still in talks about whether a summary of facts can be agreed or if a dispute facts hearing will be required. 


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