Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) are man-made chemicals which are very stable chemicals that do not break down in the environment and can persist for a long time both in the environment and in humans.
They have been used by numerous industries and are contained in products such as in textiles, leather products, metal plating, protective coating, cleaning products, pesticides and fire fighting foams.
These substances have recently been the cause of Ground Water contamination in Oakey and Williamtown.
This session will look at the potential risks and impacts associated with these substances as well as the impact of the Environmental Management of Firefighting Foam Operational Policy and explantory notes released by the Queensland Government on July 7 July.
Tony will look at the impact the foams have on the environment along with their transport mechanisms. He will also discuss interim guidelines and the methodology needed to conduct an assessment of existing sites and potential remediation options.
Andrew will discuss the current QLD regulation and where it is heading.
Garry will provide discussion on legacy, current & new technology fluorinated firefighting foam, their performance vs environment impact and the implications of the recently released QLD Firefighting Foam Policy for their use.
Dick will discuss in practical terms, the effect of the new guidelines in regard to flammable liquid fire safety design and disposal of foam containing PFCs.
- PFAS - What we know? - Tony Jong
- Environmental Management of Firefighting Foam - Andrew Connor
- Fighting Oil Fires not the Environment - Dick Gillespie