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DOC is currently investigating an historic underground diesel plume discovered in Milford Sound/Piopiotahi.

Date:  19 February 2019

DOC is working alongside Environment Southland and has employed the services of contaminated land specialists to fully investigate the matter.

Te Anau Operations manager Greg Lind says while the investigations are ongoing, it has been determined there is no current risk to public or wildlife health, and the plume appears to be stable.

“This investigation will look to discover the scope and source of the contamination and offer recommendations on how to manage or remedy this site going forward.”

The plume, which was first discovered on January 7, is located near the area’s infrastructure.

“The investigation should take another 6-8 weeks to complete and should inform on scope and age of contamination, source and recommend remedial action needed.”

Milford Sound is located in Fiordland National Park, part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.


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