Qan­tas quits toxic foam

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QAN­TAS will stop us­ing a toxic fire­fight­ing foam af­ter thou­sands of litres spilled from a hangar into the Bris­bane River ear­lier this year.

A faulty pres­sure gauge at the air­line’s Bris­bane hangar has been blamed for spilling about 22,000 litres of the toxic sub­stance in April, with roughly one third be­lieved to have en­tered lo­cal wa­ter­ways.

Pro­tec­tive bar­ri­ers de­signed to con­tain any spill also failed. Qan­tas says it has com­pen­sated com­mer­cial fish­ers af­fected by the sub­se­quent fish­ing ban, and within 12 months will switch na­tion­ally to foam that doesn’t con­tain a toxic group of chem­i­cals known as PFAS.

“The foam spill at our Bris­bane hangar in April was deeply dis­ap­point­ing and falls well be­low the en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards we set for our­selves,” Qan­tas said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

The air­line says the faulty gauge has been fixed.

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