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Australian PFAS Contamination Sparks Calls for Government Action

Oct. 22, 2019, 3:50 PM

News of more than 60 new PFAS-contaminated sites in one Australian state has prompted calls for the federal government to take swift action.

The Queensland state environment department is tracking contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at more than 60 sites, including fire stations, defense sites, airports, ports, town water supplies and waste facilities, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation revealed Oct. 21. A university campus and housing development are being built on two of the sites, the ABC reported.

PFAS chemicals have been widely used for decades in many products, including nonstick coatings and firefighting foam, and there are more...

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