Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis October 2, 2015
The state government is “in close contact” with the Defence Force as it investigates the contamination of a Queensland town’s water board from chemicals used on the base.
Areas around the Townsville and Amberley bases are also being monitored, with concerns the same perfluorinated chemicals found in ground and surface water in Oakey, may have spread beyond the perimeters of those air bases.
PFCs, also found in water proofing sprays, were used in fire-fighting foam used in Defence Force training exercises for decades. Contamination of ground and surface water in Williamtown, near Newcastle in New South Wales, was confirmed early last month.
Recently revealed results of Oakey residents’ blood tests showed those living by the base had PFC levels of up to 40 times more the national average in their blood.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/military-base-chemicals-monitored-20151001-gjzkrn
Posted in Drug analysis and toxicology, Environmental toxicology, Water analysis - Non-biological contamination
Tagged Amberley Qld, Australian Defence Force, Blood tests, Contaminated groundwater, Fire fighting foam, Oakey Qld, PFCs, Townsville Defence Base, Toxic chemicals, Water contamination, Williamtown NSW
Brisbane Times Amy Remeikis October 1, 2015
Residents of a Queensland town face living with potential health time bombs after chemicals used for decades at an army aviation base were found to have leached into the ground and contaminated part of the ground water supply.
It has left some residents with chemical levels 44 times the national average in their blood.
And Oakey residents are not alone – the recent discovery of the same chemicals in some surface and groundwater of a New South Wales town around a Defence Force base and airport has raised concerns further contaminations could be found.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/queensland-town-in-defence-water-contamination-scare-20150930-gjyjht.html
ABC News: Blood tests ruled out after Williamtown toxic leak
Posted in Environmental toxicology, Water analysis - Non-biological contamination
Tagged Amberley RAAF base, Blood tests, Contaminated groundwater, Fire fighting foam, Oakey Qld, PFCs, Townsville Defence Base, Toxic chemicals, Water testing, Williamtown NSW
ABC news 30 September 2015
The Queensland Labor Government is set to backtrack on an election pledge by keeping controversial water reforms designed to help big mining operations.
In the lead-up to this year’s state election, the ALP vowed it would scrap Newman government laws giving resources companies, including coal miners, the right to extract vast amounts of groundwater for their operations.
At the time, Labor described the package of reforms as “shameful” and “an utter disgrace”, warning they would have “a detrimental effect on the Great Barrier Reef catchment systems and allow for over-allocation of Queensland’s precious water resources”.
But a leaked document, from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines, suggests the Palaszczuk Government has changed its tune significantly and is set to backflip on its commitment.
Read more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-09-30/qld-labor-government-to-backflip-on-groundwater-laws/6814072
Sydney Morning Herald 28 September 2015
Fracking will be banned in Victoria until 2020 if the Liberal-National coalition wins power again.
Coal seam gas mining is on hold in Victoria while a parliamentary inquiry examines the practice.
But the opposition wants it banned until 2020 to give the state time to assess its impact and implement law changes.