In­quiry into fire re­tar­dant

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

BRAND MHR Madeleine King will be part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into con­tam­i­na­tion from fire­fight­ing foam at Garden Is­land.

On May 30, the Joint Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on For­eign Af­fairs, De­fence and Trade adopted the in­quiry re­ferred by the Se­nate.

It will re­port on the man­age­ment of per- and polyflu­o­roalkyl sub­stances (PFAS) con­tam­i­na­tion in and around De­fence bases.

In the 1970s, De­fence started us­ing aque­ous film form­ing foam for fire­fight­ing, of which PFAS is a sub­stance. In 2003, when it be­came aware that PFAS were a per­sis­tent or­ganic pol­lu­tant, the de­part­ment ceased us­ing it.

Ms King is the Deputy Chair of the De­fence Sub­Com­mit­tee that will in­ves­ti­gate con­tam­i­na­tion.

Ev­ery­thing – from ground­wa­ter to soil – will be tested for hu­man health, marine fauna and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts.

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