The Australian Government is investigating a number of sites in Australia, including some in Queensland where fire-fighting foam containing perfluorinated substances such as perfluorooctane sulfonate (known as PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (known as PFOA) were used in fire-fighting and fire-fighting training from the 1970s to the mid-2000s. Use of the foams occurred at various Australian sites including civil airports, military air bases, large fuel storage terminals and refineries and ports. More information about this investigation can be viewed online.
Information for primary producers
Primary producers in Queensland can find out more about the possible impacts of PFAS on the production and sale of primary produce from areas that have been affected by contamination with per and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by downloading the fact sheet Information for primary producers – PFAS contamination.