Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Tiny algae ideal for sniffing out nutrient pollution in water

(Drexel University 24 June 2016) Tiny algae, called diatoms, living in water could be key to providing a definitive and clear measure of whether streams, rivers and lakes have damaging levels of nutrients in them.

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Federal Government promises review into safe levels of chemicals in drinking water

ABC News 27 June 2016

The Coalition is promising to review new drinking water standards for toxic chemicals that have contaminated land around Defence bases, if it is re-elected.

On Friday, enHealth which comprises Federal, State and Territory health departments, released the latest safe drinking water standards for the chemicals PFOS and PFOA.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-27/federal-government-promises-review-of-safe-levels-of-chemicals/7545544

Oakey water contamination: Defence Minister tells residents compensation will have to wait until after election

The Courier Mail RHIAN DEUTROM June 24, 2016

DEFENCE Minister Marise Payne’s rushed visit to the regional town of Oakey yesterday has left residents dazed and confused after they were told compensation would only be considered after the results of the federal election.
A group of 10 locals – hand-picked by the Minister’s office to attend a closed meeting on the Oakey Army Aviation Base – emerged from the gates just after 6pm yesterday visibly drained by the two-hour meeting.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/oakey-water-contamination-defence-minister-tells-residents-compensation-will-have-to-wait-until-after-election/news-story/0b96175720916a3897de363723098207

Airport in toxic trouble: tests reveal threat to waterways

The Courier Mail Rhian Deutrom 22 June 2016

TOXIC chemicals have been detected in waterways surrounding Brisbane Airport at more than 60 times the maximum exposure limits, new tests have revealed.

Water samples collected by The Courier-Mail and ­analysed by an independent laboratory have found tributaries that flow directly into the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay have been ­polluted by record levels of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).Exposure to the chemicals have been linked to cancers, pregnancy disorders and thyroid and liver damage.

Exposure to the chemicals, found in firefighting foam and used at the Brisbane Airport fire station and fire training area until 2010, have been linked to cancers, pregnancy disorders and thyroid and liver damage.

The results, from Australian Laboratory Services, come after The Courier-Mail revealed the airport sites – managed by federal-owned Airservices Australia (ASA) – tested positive for PFOS and PFOA.

Read more: http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/airport-in-toxic-trouble-tests-reveal-threat-to-waterways/news-story/2db5d30eb715e68c103f66dc603e7217

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Living in fear for my family [Comment]

Courier Mail Brad Hudson 21 June 2016 p. 7

The PFOS in my bore water has increased by 42% in just three months.  My family and I don’t wish to be guinea pigs for the Government’s $55 million research program.

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Toxins rising: water contamination levels up over just last three months

Courier Mail Rhian Deutrom 21 June 2016 p. 7

Water samples analysed at Australian Laboratory Services found PFOS and PFOA levels in Oakey Creek and a local irrigation bore which were many times the accepted maximum exposure limits.  State Environment Minister Steven Miles said the results showed Defence that contamination is “substantial and persistent”.

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Toxic level shock : Oakey water test results reveal chemical exposure off the chart

Courier Mail Rhian Deutrom 21 June 2016 p. 1

Oakey’s water contamination crisis has deepened following alarming test results which show chemical levels are up to 425 times the accepted maximum exposure limits.

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