Coalition against toxic taint
COMMUNITIES battling contamination from toxic chemicals leaked from Australian Defence Force and commercial sites have banded together to highlight what they say is a growing environmental and health crisis across Australia.
The Coalition Against PFAS (CAP) has launched a website to advocate for dozens of communities impacted by the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) which were used to fight fires and for training from the 1970s to the mid-2000s.
In Perth, the toxic firefighting foams have been detected on at least 13 sites, including Forrestfield, Bullsbrook and Bellevue.
CAP president Lindsay Clout said there were at least 90 contaminated areas across Australia.
“While the United States has declared cleaning up PFAS contamination a national priority and European countries move towards stating there is no safe level of exposure, our Government has sat on its hands,” he said.
Submissions close on July 6.