Firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA

Dangerous Hazardous chemicals
Dangerous Hazardous chemicals

While many airports and firefighting facilities have transitioned to firefighting foams that don’t contain perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), sources tell us that there are still some industries that use them.

Firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA were used extensively at Williamtown RAAF from the 1970s.

Used foam was allowed to run off into the porous sand beds and enter the aquifer, leading to the current contamination of the water supply and a ban on commercial fishing in the area.

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Despite an international alert in 2003 from the makers of the foam to phase out the use of this product,it is understood that Defence only began that phase out process in 2008.

Member for Port Stephens Kate Washington said that the current State Government needs to develop a plan to phase out the use of these chemicals.


One thought on “Firefighting foams containing PFOS and PFOA

  1. The time for Phasing out is gone…… they now need to do what is right and stop allowing contaminated water from leaving the Base. They are developing the Base with Major upgrades. To build the new buildings they have to dig to lay foundations when asked what they do when they find water they say they test it and if it comes up above safe levels they treat it and then release it….THAT”S RIGHT THEY SAID THE TREAT IT…FILTER IT!!!! if they have the facility already in place to filter the water then why are they not treating the HOTSPOTS that have been identified? Or why are they not treating the water that is heading to Salt Ash Via Moor’s Drain? Or why are they not treating the Water that is in Lake Cochran? Are our communities children not more important than the upgrade? No RESPONSE!!!!!!

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