1 Nov 2019

Australians take legal action over firefighting foam

From Morning Report, 7:45 am on 1 November 2019

Hundreds of New Zealanders whose properties surround Defence Force bases in Ohakea, Woodbourne, Whenuapai, and Devonport will be keeping a close eye on legal action in Australia.

Across the Tasman up to 40,000 people who live and work on land contaminated by the chemical compound P-FAS are suing the Australian Government, arguing their property values have plummeted.

The chemicals, found in now-banned firefighting foam used on military bases, have been linked to cancer and thyroid disease.

Andrew Hooker is a consultant for Shine Lawyers in New Zealand