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Inform yourself about PFAS

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien is encouraging local residents to attend a community information session on per-and poly-fluroalkyl substances (PFAS).

This follows Mr O’Brien recently raising the issue of PFAS contamination in State Parliament and calling on state and federal governments to be as open and transparent with the community as possible.

Mr O’Brien said the Department of Defence had recently conducted an investigation into PFAS contamination that has arisen from the use of firefighting foams across defence bases, including the East Sale RAAF base.

“The Department of Defence has now finalised the report, including human health and environmental risk factors, and is holding two-community information sessions in Sale,” Mr O’Brien said.

“These sessions will be used to inform local residents and business owners about the findings and impacts in the report. 

“There will be formal presentations held on the day followed by informal sessions for community members to ask one-on-one questions from department representatives.”

The sessions will be held on Thursday, 7 December 2017 at the Sale Baptist Church Hall, Princes Highway (opposite Cobains Road) Sale.  The first session runs from 3 pm to 5 pm and the second begins at 7 pm running through to 9 pm.

Mr O’Brien recently received a briefing from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on PFAS.

“The EPA recently issued a precautionary warning about the consumption of ducks, eels and fish from the Heart Morass near Sale due to elevated levels of PFAS coming from the RAAF base.  There are also PFAS issues affecting landowners around Esso’s Longford gas plant,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I understand there remains no consistent, empirical evidence about the human health effects of these chemicals, which are found in everyday household items, but a precautionary approach is being taken, and that is appropriate.

“There’s still a lot the authorities don’t know about potential impacts of this group of chemicals and that’s why I call on all levels of government to ensure they keep the community informed on this emerging issue.”

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