Per-and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) contamination of soil and water is an important issue of significant concern across Australia and around the world. Swathes of agricultural land have been contaminated by PFAS substances being deposited in local water supplies.
Sectors from the Defence to Aviation are now contributing to the hefty remediation costs in an attempt to clean-up contaminated soil and water.
The PFAS Forum set to be held on the 29th May 2019 in Sydney, will bring together representatives from across industries aiming to address the situation alongside the Government environmental departments and remediation companies to explore the best route forward, innovative practices for reducing contamination and routes of collaboration between the sectors.
Dr Annette Nolan
Director & Emerging Contaminants of Concern Interest Group Committee Member, Australasian Land and Ground Water Association (ALGA)
Assistant Secretary – PFASIM, Department of Defence
PFAS Program Manager, NSW Rural Fire Service
Senior Environmental Coordinator, North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation
PFAS Engagement Manager - Infrastructure Services, NSW Rural Fire Service
PFAS Response Leader – ANZ, AECOM
National PFAS Manager, Enviropacific
Fire Protection Association Australia
Manager - Organics, National Measurements Institute
Dr Rai Kookana
Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO
Technical Manager, Ventia
Principal Environmental Scientist, GHD
How the Department of Defence is responding to the PFAS crisis
Per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals – long used in items such as food packaging, nonstick cookware and firefighting foam – which now find themselves under increasing concerns over environmental and potential health impacts.
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