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Source: Environment Canterbury Regional Council

Under the Resource Management Act 1991, the primary responsibility for managing air quality lies with regional councils and unitary authorities.  

Environment Canterbury developed the Canterbury Air Regional Plan with the community’s valuable input.  The plan sets out how we are going to manage air pollution, including from dust, to help meet national air quality standards. 

Dust can be caused by places such as building, demolition and clean-fill sites, subdivisions under development, vehicles driving on unsealed surfaces, land cultivation, ports and quarries. 

Measures in the air plan include requiring a dust management plan or consent depending on the scale of dust-generating activity, and continuing to monitor and require operators who discharge dust to implement good dust management practices or gain consent depending on the scale of dust-generating activity.