Government inaction on foam contamination continues; local officials further frustrated

18 Nov 2019

OPINION: It seems Defence Minister Ron Mark should have been looking closer to home when throwing around accusations of incompetence.

As revealed by Stuff, early last year Mark accused Manawatū District Council officials of inaction over chemical contamination of the water supply to residents living around Ōhakea air force base because of firefighting foam used there.

The district council and Horizons maintain they knew nothing of the PFAS contamination until 2017, while the Defence Force says they were informed two years earlier. Read more