Coali­tion against toxic taint

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

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.

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