Investigations into contamination at Garden Island from firefighting foam continues

Investigations into contamination at Garden Island from firefighting foam continues

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 Sub-Committee that will investigate contamination.

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

“This issue is important to the local Defence community with PFAS contamination currently being investigated at our own HMAS Stirling base on Garden Island and in nearby Cockburn Sound,” Ms King said.

Interested parties are invited to make submissions addressing the terms of reference by Friday, July 8, 2018 via Make a Submission.

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