Proposal to amend the Fire Fighting Chemicals Group Standard 2017
Your views were sought on our proposal to amend the Fire Fighting Chemicals Group Standard 2017.
This group standard regulates the import, manufacture, use, storage and disposal of firefighting chemicals. It currently prohibits firefighting foams containing PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid).
The proposed amendments add further restrictions on firefighting foams containing fluorinated organic compounds (PFAS chemicals).
These amendments follow our recent national investigation into the storage and use of legacy firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA at various locations throughout New Zealand.
The submission period closed on 16 December 2019.
The closing date for submissions was originally Monday 2 December 2019 but we extended this by two weeks to Monday 16 December 2019. This is to allow more time for interested parties to make submissions on the proposed amendments.
We received 20 public submissions, which we are now reviewing and analysing, We will produce a submissions analysis report by March 2020.