Remediation of gasworks site begins
Clean up work has begun at the former gasworks site in Clyde street, Hamilton North. Jemena has commenced the first stage of the process which includes clearing of vegetation, some excavation, and removal of non-heritage structures.
Stage two of remediation is due to begin late 2015. Jemena is currently compiling an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the work.
The gas works functioned for 70 years, until 1985 and in 2011 was declared 'significantly contaminated' by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), because of chemicals including benzene, petroleum hydrocarbons, arsenic and lead. There has been no announcement on what the future holds for the historic gas works building.