After drinking contaminated water at his farm shed for 40 years Ohakea farmer Andy Russell wants to know how much toxic substance from firefighting foam is in his blood.
He’s one of at least 13 people who live or work around the ?hakea Airforce Base who have asked to have their blood tested for the presence of the per or poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that have been in firefighting foam used at the base.
Russell had his blood test on September 3, and said the results are six weeks away. He’s not sure what kind of test the Health Ministry will use, and said the toxicity of the substances is still relatively unknown.
Other news about PFAS is that the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) knew there was some contamination as early as 2015, but didn’t tell residents until December 2017.
That didn’t surprise Russell.