Council orders NZDF not to discharge stormwater with firefighting foam

13 Jun 2018

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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