…It has rendered some farm land unusable, property
values have plummeted, and residents have
been unable to drink their own bore water.
” It is a contaminate here for a 100 + years.”
[ It is mostly used in regular fire fighting practice. ]
30 [+] Aust. Defence Bases Contaminated
With The Fluoride Chemical (PFOA)
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Some say this is the worst pollution in Australia’s history – on 70 sites.
The media, except ⇒ ABC TV ‘Four Corners ⇐ are ignoring it !
However the “Protected Pollutant Fluoride” is NOT mentioned by name!
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‘The Australian Federal Government should not
use toxic fire fighting foam’ research
completed by a US lawyer says ⇓
Australia has the second highest recorded levels of
perfluorochemicals, behind the United States.
Blood samples from more than 400 people in
Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle,
have found higher levels of the chemicals than
similar studies in Canada, Japan, India, Brazil,
Belgium and Italy. There are now calls for the
Australian Government to ban the chemicals immediately.
The new levels issued by the EPA in the US are 0.07 parts per
billion for both PFOA and PFOS. Both chemicals have
been linked with a range of disorders, including
thyroid issues, pregnancy complications
and high cholesterol.
The EPA report also details a possible connection
between PFOS and bladder, colon and prostate cancer.
‘…with an assumption that water accounts for 20% of total exposure.
Given that the two contaminants may occur together, and their
effects are similar, it is recommended that the combined
concentration in drinking water should not exceed
0.070 μg/L. [70 parts per trillion]…’
[ Issue 82 – July 2016 ]
Professor Denis O’Carroll is trying to
understand how they move through the environment.
“Some studies suggest that almost every person on Earth
has them in their bloodstream, which gives some
indication of The scale of the problem…”
PROBLEMS WITH AUSTRALIAN MILITARY FIRE FIGHTING CHEMICALS:
It was revealed in September 2015
the chemicals had leaked from Williamtown Air Force base into ground and surfacewater, prompting bans on bore water and closing fishing grounds.
“Stop trying to downplay the seriousness of this issue.
They are incredibly serious toxins, and it is a real worry for those people living around them.-” Mariann Lloyd-Smith, National Toxics Network senior advisor. – The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has started a statewide investigation into the historical use of the firefighting foam.
The bonding of two chemicals being fluorine and carbon in 1940
seemed to be a huge break through for many new processes,
however the health risks were found some time latter.
These products have been banned in 171 countries
though not yet banned in Australia. ?
Fluorides are “Protected Pollutants” –
The the F. word is censored in Australia.
The Australian media will only refer
to fluoride in glowing terms when it
is associated with dental health.
University of Toronto
‘Biological Cleavage of the C–P Bond in
Perfluoroalkyl Phosphinic Acids in
Male Sprague-Dawley Rats and
the Formation of Persistent
and Reactive Metabolites’
Full text ⇒ HERE ⇐
Spanish Research ⇓
Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Metabolic Outcomes in Pregnant Women:
Evidence from the Spanish INMA Birth Cohorts
Full Report ⇒ HERE
Lawyer Rob Bilott led a class action involving 70,000
Ohio and West Virginia residents whose water was
contaminated by the chemical company, DuPont
Full news clipping »→ HERE
MORE BELOW ⇓
Call to stop downplaying impacts of fire fighting chemicals in
wake of Williamtown [NSW] water contamination…
PHOTO: The view towards Fullerton Cove, one of the areas affected by contamination, from Fern Bay. (1233 ABC Newcastle: Robert Virtue)
A toxic chemicals campaigner says it is misleading to claim the health impacts of firefighting foam at the centre of the Williamtown water contamination are not yet understood. The chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, have also been discovered at two Fire and Rescue NSW training bases in Sydney’s west and in the Illawarra. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are man-made chemicals belonging to the group known as perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs).
It was revealed in September 2015 the chemicals had leaked from Williamtown Air Force base into ground and surface water, prompting bans on bore water and closing fishing grounds.
Stop trying to downplay the seriousness of this issue. They are incredibly serious toxins, and it is a real worry for those people living around them. Mariann Lloyd-Smith, National Toxics Network senior advisor The New South Wales Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has started a statewide investigation into the historical use of the firefighting foam.
The EPA said its investigation into PFOS and PFOA will focus on sites where the chemicals may have been used in large quantities including airports, firefighting training facilities and industrial sites.
In a statement last month, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) said international research was yet to fully understand the ecological impacts, if any, and there was “no proven direct link to any adverse health effects”.
Commissioner Greg Mullins said FRNSW withdrew the use of these foams for both firefighting and training progressively until they were fully eliminated in 2007 as information emerged on possible hazards associated with PFCs.
But National Toxics Network senior advisor Mariann Lloyd-Smith said there was a wealth of evidence.
“To say that we don’t fully understand or there’s not a direct proven link is misleading,” she said.
“One can only wonder if it’s an attempt to protect their liability.
“People need to know these are incredibly serious toxins.
“These are chemicals that we really need to address quickly, with as much precaution as we possibly can to protect humans and, of course, the wildlife and the environment.”
Dr Lloyd-Smith is urging the Fire and Rescue NSW to stop downplaying the impacts of the firefighting foam.
She said she had a message for the Commissioner Greg Mullins.
“Stop trying to downplay the seriousness of this issue,” she said.
“They are incredibly serious toxins, and it is a real worry for those people living around them.
“Warn the population, start working out how you’re going to be able to compensate people, start protecting your population, which is really the job,” Dr Lloyd-Smith said.
Staff and community highest priority, Commissioner said
In a statement on Thursday, FRNSW said it “is consulting with the Department of Health and the Fire Brigade Employees Union whilst taking a cautious, measured approach”.
“The safety of our staff and the community are our highest priority,” Commissioner Mullins said.
“Together with the EPA we have arranged for more comprehensive testing, with results expected to take several more weeks.
“FRNSW will work with a range of other agencies including local councils, water authorities, Department of Health, and NSW EPA to ensure any potential risk of PFC contamination outside of the training sites is identified and limited.
“We will act immediately on any expert advice concerning health or environmental impacts,” he said.
In 2007, the shocking results of a study conducted at the John Hopkin’s Medical Center (Bethesda, MD) showed that levels of the toxic PFOA were found in 100% of a sample of almost 300 newborns, delivered at the hospital.
Samples of umbilical chord blood were also shown to contain varying levels of PFOS.
Asians (6 ng/ml) had the highest concentration, followed by Blacks (5.1 ng/ml) and Whites (4.2 ng/ml). Males babies had higher PFOS and PFOA than females.
Obese and underweight mothers had slightly higher concentrations than women of normal weight.
Other studies have found that some of the highest levels of PFOA and PFOS have been in children.
More on Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)
all the ‘Fs’ are code for Fluoride. ⇓
Plasma Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Concentration and Menstrual Cycle Characteristics
in Preconception Women.
This study was partly funded by the National Basic Science Research Program
(Ministry of Science and Technology of China)
Wei Zhou,1* Lulu Zhang,2,3* Chuanliang Tong,4 Fang Fang,1 Shasha Zhao,1 Ying Tian,1 Yexuan Tao,2,3 Jun Zhang1 and for the Shanghai Birth Cohort Study
Our study found that increased exposure to PFOA, PFOS, PFNA, and PFHxS was associated with higher odds of irregular and long menstrual cycle and lower risks of menorrhagia in women who plan to be pregnant.
In contrast, women with higher levels of PFOA, PFNA, and PFHxS were more likely to have hypomenorrhea.
Full text ⇒ HERE ⇐ Important
See ⇒ Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) Teflon