Deadly Firefighting Foam Still a Threat
Members from all branches of the United Firefighters Union of Australia have met in Canberra today to discuss the detrimental health and environmental impacts of PFAS (Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) commonly found in Firefighting Foam.
Secretary for the ACT branch of the UFU, Greg McConville told The Wire the meeting produced actionable outcomes, such as early health screenings and proper decontamination of equipment that are still being used.
Communities such as Williamtown in NSW continue to struggle with adverse health affects they contribute to PFAS chemicals running off from the neighboring RAAF base. President of the Coalition Against PFAS Lindsay Clout says the Department of Defence’s response has been inadequate.