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Voluntary buybacks and chemical ban
More cases of PFAS contamination are surfacing, throughout Australia and Senator Brian Burston is the only member of the Senate who is fighting for the Government to buyback properties that have been contaminated and to ban the use of the substances.
Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are chemicals used in fire-fighting foam and are used for higher burning fires such as jet fuel and ones that have been caused by chemicals. That is why contamination sites are being found around airports, Defence Force air bases and Industrial sites.
In 2009, a global agreement was reached to ban one of the chemicals, PFOS, by listing it on the United Nation’s Stockholm Convention.
In the years since, Australia is one of the only countries that has not ratified the decision, which would cost an estimated $39 million. At least 171 countries have agreed to the phase-out, including the UK, Germany and China.
Meanwhile, the federal government is defending multiple class actions from towns across Australia where contamination has occurred.
The Department of Health maintains there is no consistent evidence the toxins cause “important” health effects, in contrast to the US EPA, which has concluded they are a human health hazard that – at high enough levels – can cause immune dysfunction, hormonal interference and certain types of cancer in humans.
In the Williamtown (NSW) area alone, there have been 50 reported cases of cancer, yet our Government refuses to take responsibility.
More information can be found at: https://www.pfas.gov.au
- The Federal Government to implement voluntary buybacks of properties contaminated by PFAS in the Williamtown ‘Red-Zone’
- Ban the use of PFAS chemicals
Articles and My Work
- Senator calls on NSW gov to sue 3M over PFAS
- MOTION: PFAS Voluntary Buybacks
- PFAS meeting brings out Labor hypocrisy
- NSW Libs break ranks and follow our lead on PFAS compo
Other Useful Information
In The Media:
One woman’s battle to save the family farm in Williamtown’s red zone (Newcastle Herald, 3 Sept 2018)
US activist Erin Brockovich joins fight against Defence Department over firefighting foam (ABC News Breakfast, 29 Aug 2018)
PFAS in Australia: The sites keeping toxic secrets (Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 2018)