Dark Waters Film Raising Public Concern about firefighting foam chemical "PFOA"

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Dear Thanet District Council,

The question I want you to answer re Manston is where did the PFOA go ?

You mentioned Firefighting Foam as an environmental hazard in your report to National Planning. Along with asbestos, radiological substances, WW2 FIDO, solvents.


As you know prolific amounts of firefighting foam were used on a specially widened runway.

Now that you have reviewed your contaminated land "Strategy" please disclose where you theorise that the toxic PFOA went ?

Groundwater spread ? To sea via outfall ? Into Thanet population livers via the drinking water abstracted from the aquifer directly below the airfield ? Airborne spread ?

And have you remedied your failure to report the hazard, in accordance with law, to NHS CCG planners ? Especially given that the history of QEQM maternity tragedies is under expert inquiry. PFOA being a risk factor in foetal morbidity and pre eclampsia.

The film "Dark Waters" starring Mark Ruffalo is rightly raising public concern about PFOA.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

TDC FOI, Thanet District Council

Receipt for FOI 3660

Dear Mr. Card,

Thank you for your Freedom Of Information  (FOI) dated 03/03/2020.. 

I can confirm that we have received your request and are now processing
it. Our reference number for your request is FOI 3660. We will look to
make a full disclosure of the information requested by 31/03/2020 at the
latest. We will let you know if there are any issues processing your
request and if there will be any delays regarding collating the
information you have requested..

Kind regards

Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
01843 577247

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TDC FOI Support, Thanet District Council

Dear Mr Card

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 3 March 2020. 

The response to your request is set out below:

This request has already been responded to (FOI 3604 was the most recent)
and Thanet District Council cannot speculate in response to FOI requests
where information is not held. 

As previously advised, the comments to PINS on the requirements to
investigate potential historic contamination at this site during
development, have been highlighted by this department. This information is
in the public domain and will apply should the Manston Airport DCO be

As previously advised, "the Water Authority is responsible for ensuring
that the public water supply is safe for consumption and the Environment
Agency are statutory consultees with respect to groundwater resources. Any
queries regarding concerns over water quality and the public water supply
should be directed the these agencies or their regulators, not Thanet
District Council." 

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Yours sincerely,

Information Governance Officer
Thanet District Council
01843 577247


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