A central North Island regional council has ordered the Defence Force to stop discharging stormwater with firefighting foam in it.
Horizons Regional Council, in the Manawatū-Whanganui region, today issued the Defence Force with an abatement notice to stop unauthorised discharges.
It said defence could no longer put water containing firefighting foam - which may contain toxins and long-lasting chemicals - down stormwater drains.
That included water that had been used to wash foam off fire trucks or onto land near the fire training area where it may enter waterways.
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