Everyone has heard of 50-year-old pig farms being forced to shut up shop by a 10-year-old subdivison down the road. Apparently mushrooms are not immune.
A Waikato mushroom growing operation has been forced to close - with
the loss of more than 160 jobs - because of the cost of fixing
obnoxious smells from its composting plant.
Composting is a bad thing, by the way, except when done on a small scale by an environmentalist, or on a large scale by a council.
"After 54 years of operation it is very distressing to see
this business forced into closure with the effective loss of over 160
"Since purchasing New Zealand Mushrooms some years ago [in
1995], Meadow Mushrooms has spent in excess of $2 million attempting to
remedy the concerns of neighbours."
Probably an error of judgement. No amount of money will appease the environmentalists.
But the real question is, why did these people move into a subdivision next to the mushroom joint? Did they fully expect to be able to use the RMA to shut it down? That's just not fair.
UPDATE: Not PC is very sad about it all, and points out the irony:
One of the major shareholders in the plant is one Philip Burdon, magnate and former trade minister in Jim Bolger’s National Government – the same same government that imposed the Resource Management Act on us.
Talk about being hoist by your own petard.