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Perfluorinated chemical site contamination

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.

These foams are known to have been used at a number of sites in Queensland. 


Investigations from the detection of PFAS are being conducted in Queensland by various organisations at the below sites and locations:

The Queensland Government has also responded to firefighting foam spillage incidents that have occurred in 2017 at the below sites:

More information

Current alerts


People are advised to avoid eating fish caught in the below Ipswich areas due to PFAS detections in waterways:

  • Bundamba and Oaky creeks near Swanbank Lake.
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  • Bremer River and Warrill Creek near the RAAF Base Amberley.
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22 August 2018
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