Vegie patch may be source of MFS tox­ins

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - BEN HARVY

A VEG­ETABLE patch has been iden­ti­fied as the likely source of po­ten­tially deadly tox­ins de­tected in nearly half of fire­fight­ers at a metro fire sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the MFS.

But the ser­vice’s as­sis­tant chief fire of­fi­cer Roy Thomp­son said it will not close the Largs North sta­tion, where nine of the 20 crew mem­bers recorded ex­tremely high-lev­els of per­fluror­i­nated com­pounds. The Ad­ver­tiser re­vealed yes­ter­day that re­cent blood test by the MFS of 215 past and present fire­fight­ers found 84 had re­turned aboveav­er­age lev­els of the chem­i­cal used in firefighting foam, which has been linked to can­cer in over­seas stud­ies. Mr Thomp­son said the nine Largs fire­fight­ers re­turned “con­cern­ing” sam­ples con­tain­ing more than more than 100ng/ml.

He said there was “vir­tu­ally no risk” of fur­ther con­tam­i­na­tion and that the sta­tion would op­er­ate as nor­mal.

He said the con­tam­i­na­tion source was likely a gar­den patch at the back of the Wilochra St sta­tion and that soil and ground­wa­ter at the site would be tested on Tues­day.

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