PFAS site investigations
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, defence bases, large fuel storage terminals, refineries and ports.
These foams are known to have been used at a number of sites in Queensland.
State-wide investigations from the detection of PFAS are being conducted in Queensland by the following organisations:
- Airservices Australia – airport sites
- Department of Defence sites
- Queensland Fire and Emergency Services sites
The Queensland Government has issued information regarding the following sites:
- Brisbane Airport
- Bundaberg – Svensson Heights
- Port Central (Gladstone)
- Gold Coast – Coolangatta Airport
- Ipswich – Bremer River, Warrill Creek, Bundamba Creek, Oaky Creek and Swanbank Lake
- Mackay Airport
- Oakey – Army Aviation Centre
- Toowoomba – Gowrie Creek
- Townsville – Lakes in Idalia
The following ports have notified the Queensland Government that elevated PFAS levels have been detected on site, requiring further monitoring or investigation. For more information, visit the individual port website links below (and search ‘PFAS’ from the home page):