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Court Summary - at a glance
Convicted and discharged for Reg 20 charge
PSL was responsible for the initial design, manufacture, supply and installation of the Stationary Container System. It also modified the Stationery Container System by inserting the booster pump on or about 2 October 2006. In doing so, PSL fundamentally changed the nature of the system; from a gravity-fed delivery system, to a pressurised delivery system. Following the addition of the booster pump, the system was not safe for its intended purpose because it failed to comply with the applicable standards (or appropriate equivalent standards). As a supplier of pressure equipment to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, PSL also failed to take all reasonable steps to ensure that the equipment was manufactured in accordance with a verified design.
Between 26 and 27 September 2013, there was a spill of approximately 19,000 litres of diesel from the Turoa ski-field into the Makotuku Stream affecting native species of water life including eel and the endangered blue duck.