Contamination summit

Published:  28 November, 2016

A special summit is to be held in Australia in 2017 to help develop ‘nationally consistent standards for environmental contamination’.

The summit will discuss giving Australian states and territories greater powers to deal with contamination on land currently or previously owned by the Australian Government.

Queensland Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles, who has previously expressed concerns about the impacts from contamination on Commonwealth sites on communities and businesses in the state, has welcomed the news.

‘The contamination of current or former Commonwealth-owned sites in Queensland is well documented, and Queensland’s environment department faces significant challenges in managing environmental problems that occur on or around these Commonwealth-owned lands,’ Dr Miles said. ‘The Federal Government has ultimate responsibility for PFAS contamination at Defence sites and civilian airports, and also off-site where contamination is likely to have extended beyond site boundaries.’

Dr Miles believes the Commonwealth should remove the legal barriers that currently make them out of bounds for state environment agencies. ‘There is an urgent need to resolve these challenges so that we can protect the community, and the environment.’

He added that a recent meeting of environment ministers in Sydney acknowledged the challenges of managing PFAS contamination and agreed to work more closely in the future, including around the timely communication of information to the public and ensuring that regulatory approaches are aligned and effective.

In July, the Queensland Government placed restrictions on the use of foams containing PFOS, requiring existing stocks at commercial and industrial premises to be withdrawn from service as soon as possible, and that foams containing related PFAS substances should be phased out and replaced with more sustainable alternatives as soon as possible.

  • Operation Florian

Sign up: eMagazine & eNewsletter

The latest issues in your inbox.

Company Profiles

Williams Fire & Hazard Control offers a full line of specialized fire response equipment for oil and gas platforms

From storage tanks and pipeline emergencies to offshore platforms and vessels at sea, Williams' response personnel and specialized equipment quickly address adverse fire emergencies.

Trust the best, let us be your foam solution

AUXQUIMIA is a Spanish company whose main activity is the design, manufacture and commercialization of firefighting foam concentrates.

Foam fights fire

Europe’s foremost fire fighting foam manufacturer has been developing and producing foams since the 1920s.

Optical flame and open path gas detectors

Spectrex Inc. is a world leader in optical flame and combustible gas detection with over 30 years experience.

Revolutionizing fire fighting foam technology

The one-stop resource for fire fighting foam concentrates and custom-designed foam suppression systems hardware.

The leader in truck-mounted hydraulic platforms

Our mission is to provide the best and the safest solution to professionals that work at height.

The independent alternative

Dafo Fomtec AB is a privately owned company with head office in Stockholm Sweden and manufacturing in Helsingborg in the south of Sweden.

If you want quality, you want Zico

Since its inception Ziamatic Corp has provided the men and women of the fire service with products designed to make their jobs safer and easier.

The ultimate in innovation, quality and service

For 60 years Lehavot has been delivering the world’s most advanced fire detection and suppression automatic systems

Calendar