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QMRA AFFCO Rangiuru WWTP discharge
Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) of AFFCO Rangiuru Plant discharge
AFFCO Rangiuru Plant is seeking renewal of consents to continue discharging treated meatworks wastewater into the Kaituna River. To support the new discharge consent application, AFFCO contracted QMRA Data Experts through ArgoEnvironmental Ltd to assess the potential effects of the meatworks discharges on the receiving environment. Increasingly, where discharges may contain a significant concentration of microorganisms that could impact upon public health, regional councils are requiring assessments that go beyond the traditional method of conformity to faecal indicator bacteria (FIB) guidelines. This study therefore, provides a scientifically robust assessment, of whether the AFFCO Rangiuru Plant discharges have a ‘more than minor’ effect on the state of the receiving environment for recreational uses and shellfish harvesting.