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CRC CARE welcomes all media enquiries on matCARETM as well as remediation, risk assessment and policy issues related to contamination by per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs), such as PFOS and PFOA. We have a number of eminent researchers available for comment.  For general media enquiries, contact CRC CARE Communication Manager Adam Barclay on +61 2 4033 9439 (office), +61 429 779 228 (mobile) or adam.barclay@crccare.com.

If you're dealing with PFAS contamination, CRC CARE can work with you to tailor a matCARETM on-site solution

Below is a selection of national and international news reports on matCARETM, as well as other related media.

matCARETM in the media

2016 

 PFOS and PFOA from nearby factories have seeped into the Xiaoqing River in China.

15 September 2016

The Teflon Toxin Goes to China.

The Xiaoqing flows 134 miles through the major cities of Zibo, Binzhou, and Dongying in Shandong province. Tens of millions of people depend on it. In Jinan, which is close to the river’s origin, human and livestock waste and runoff from fertilizers and pesticides have caused the water to stink in recent years. But downstream from Jinan, waste from factories has compounded the river’s problems. Read more

 Australia’s Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Hobbs, who welcomed the review of Australian drinking water standards for perfluorinated compounds

9 September 2016

Safe drinking standards for PFOS and PFOA remain above US levels.

AUSTRALIA’S safe drinking water standards for the toxic chemicals at the centre of the Williamtown contamination scandal will remain 78 times higher than those set by the United States, after a review found the levels were “appropriate” and “protective of public health”. Read more

CRC Care has had zero input into the development of enHealth’s human health reference values for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), and has absolutely no conflict of interest in this matter.

3 September 2016

CRC CARE had no conflict of interest.

Professor Ravi Naidu, Callaghan, NSW, managing director and CEO CRC CARE responds to an article published in The Saturday PaperRead more

Potentially contaminated AFFF was used at 36 airports between the 1980s and 2003, according to a submission to the Senate inquiry looking into land and groundwater contamination.

24 August 2016

Dozens of airports across Australia being monitored for toxic foam contamination.

Investigations are continuing into the impact of toxic firefighting chemicals at 36 airports across the country, Airservices Australia says. Read more

Williamtown Human Health Risk- Department of Defence news update

11 August 2016

Findings of the Williamtown Human Health Risk Assessment.

Following the release of the Williamtown Human Health Risk Assessment this week, members of the community were given the opportunity to hear the report’s key findings on Tuesday night and ask questions of experts at a community walk-in session yesterday. Members of the local media were also invited to attend a question and answer session today with Defence officials and experts from AECOM. Read more

PFAs have been found in a number of household materials

9 August 2016

Six Million Americans Have This Toxic Chemical in Their Drinking Water.

Add this to the growing list of reasons to be uneasy about your municipal water supply: a new Harvard study has found that six million Americans drink water containing unsafe levels of obscure industrial pollutants associated with cancer and other severe health consequences. Read more

Some related chemicals (perfluorinated compounds) have been used and remain in the environment around the Williamtown RAAF site.

9 August 2016

PFOS and PFOA – Williamtown RAAF Site Contamination .

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has informed the NSW government that the Williamtown site has been found to contain high concentrations of PFOS and other closely related chemicals. These chemicals are present on the site and over the past decades have slowly worked their way through the soil to the groundwater underneath the site. These substances have not only contaminated the RAAF site itself, but also land close to the site. Read more

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5 June 2016

Potentially cancer-causing contaminant PFOS found at Sydney Airport.

A potentially cancer-causing chemical that led to bans on commercial fishing and depressed housing values when it was discovered north of Newcastle has been found at dozens of sites across Sydney, including Sydney Airport and the Richmond RAAF Base. Read more

Scientists have found perfluorinated compounds, which were present in firefighting products throughout the world from the 1970s to the mid-2000s, are highly persistent in the environment.

15 July 2016

Toxic foam present at Brisbane Airport .

The same toxic remnants of the firefighting foam that contaminated parts of the Oakey town's water supply are present at Brisbane Airport, Airservices Australia has confirmed. Read more

 Queensland will ban chemical firefighting foams that have contaminated groundwater and residential land at Oakey

8 July 2016

Oakey contaminants to be banned in Qld.

Queensland will ban chemical firefighting foams that have contaminated groundwater and residential land at Oakey. Read more

2 July 2016

Contamination at Williamtown.

The election is done and dusted, but regardless of who won, there was consensus from the major parties that more has to be done at Williamtown on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, where fishers, farmers and local residents are living under a polluted cloud of uncertainty. Sean Murphy reports on the impacts of a contamination nightmare which may be replicated around Australia in the coming years. Read more

 The Federal Government promises to review new drinking water standards in the wake of chemical contamination surrounding defence sites like Newcastle's Williamtown RAAF base.

27 June 2016

Federal Government promises review into safe levels of chemicals in drinking water.

The Coalition is promising to review new drinking water standards for toxic chemicals that have contaminated land around Defence bases, if it is re-elected. Read more

Assistant Defence Minister, Michael McCormack, says he is seeking advice on how the US EPA's decision on safe drinking water levels for PFOS and PFOA will impact on testing being done in Williamtown.

23 May 2016

Defence, EPA grapple with US PFOS shift.

The assistant minister for Defence, Michael McCormack, said the United States EPA’s decision to dramatically lower safe drinking levels for the toxic chemicals that have contaminated properties surrounding the Williamtown RAAF Base will be “taken into account” in the establishment of Australian reference levels. Read more

The EPA is investigating the use of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in South Australia.

2 February 2016

PFAS use investigation.

The EPA is investigating the use of per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) in South Australia. Read more

2015

Senate inquiry into contamination of Australia's Defence Force facilities and other Commonwealth, state and territory sites in Australia.

 

 

22 December 2015

Williamtown RAAF Contamination Senate Inquiry hearing

Senate inquiry into contamination of Australia's Defence Force facilities and other Commonwealth, state and territory sites in Australia. Read more

The Presence of high levels of POFS and PFOA have been found in the groundwater at and surrounding the Williamtown RAAF.

3 December 2015

Williamtown chemical contamination fallout

ABC Newcastle has collated their coverage of the contamination at Williamtown RAAF base. After the NSW Environment Protection Authority warned that chemicals - perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) - which were historically used in fire fighting foam at the RAAF base had been found in surface water, groundwaters and some fish species in nearby waterways. Read more

The contamination of wastewater with PFCs, including PFOA and PFOS needs to be addressed.

30 November 2015

Bob Baldwin to provide details of chemical clean up options to Assistant Defence Minister.

Federal Paterson MP Bob Baldwin will today give the Assistant Defence Minister information from a Newcastle-based research facility on a clean-up option for the Williamtown contamination. The contamination research centre, CRC, has developed a modified clay that can soak up potentially cancer causing chemicals found in firefighting foam that was used at the Williamtown air force base. Read more

Prawn Trawlers have made the decision not to trawl in the Hunter River until the contamination issues at Newcastle’s Williamtown Air Force  are rectified, not wishing to damage their brand by providing contaminated seafood.

27 November 2015

Hunter River prawn catch facing indefinite ban over RAAF contamination

Prawn Trawlers have made the decision not to trawl in the Hunter River until the contamination issues at Newcastle’s Williamtown Air Force are rectified, not wishing to damage their brand by providing contaminated seafood. Read more

matCare a possible solution to remediate contamination at the Williamstown RAAF base.

7 September 2015

Scientists say modified clay could be used to mop up toxic residue.

Scientists hope the latest technology will be used to mop up toxic residues, left behind by fire-fighting operations near Newcastle's RAAF base. Researchers from CRC CARE have invented matCARE - a modified clay that can soak up potentially cancer-causing chemicals. Read more

Due to PFOS and PFOA found in the groundwater residents near Williamtown have been advised not to drink boar water of fish or eggs within the area.

3 September 2015

Williamtown contaminated water warning: avoid bore water, fish, eggs

Residents near the Williamtown RAAF Base have been advised not drink the bore water or eat fish or eggs from the nearby area while testing for PFOS and PFOA is being undertaken. Read more

2014

CRC CARE have developed a remediation solution which traps environmental contaminants left behind when fire retardant ‘film forming’ foams are used.

14 October 2014

The Lead South Australia

Professor Ravi Naidu is interviewed by Sarah Keenihan about matCARE and its use in the removal of per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) left behind by firefighting extinguishers.  Read more

matCare, a new product developed, captures dangerous PFC left behind by fire fighting extinguishers.

06 October 2014

Phys.Org

Aussie answer to toxic fire-fighting chemicals. Australian scientists have come up with the solution to a world-wide pollution problem – how to mop up the toxic residues left after the use of special foams to fight fires. Read more

The remediation of PFCs in contaminated soil and water is possible with matCare.

04 October 2014

The Australian Innovation Challenge

CRC CARE's matCARE is announced as a finalist in the 2014 The Australian Innovation Challenge. Professor Ravi Naidu is interviewed for the feature in The Australian. Read more

Other resources

A Federal Parliamentary Committee will investigate the contamination of land and water surrounding defence force sites, including those in Queensland, following growing concerns.

2015

Commonwealth to investigate fire-fighting contaminations

A Federal Parliamentary Committee will investigate the contamination of land and water surrounding defence force sites, including those in Queensland, following growing concerns. Read more


The NSW Government is continuing to assess the impact of Fire Fighting Chemicals used at Williamtown RAAF Base on groundwater and surrounding areas.

2015

NSW Environment Protection Authority

The NSW Government is continuing to assess the impact of Fire Fighting Chemicals used at Williamtown RAAF Base on groundwater and surrounding areas. They are continuing to advocate causation amongst residents in the area. Read more

CRC CARE

1 December 2015

Senate to probe Williamtown RAAF toxic contamination

The Senate is conduction a probe into the Williamstown chemical contamination which will look at levels of consultation between governments, departments and local communities as well as the health impacts the chemicals are having on the health of locals, as well as business activity and property values. Read more

CRC CARE

30 November 2015

Senate inquiry into contamination of Australia's defence force facilities and other Commonwealth, State and Territory sites in Australia

On 30 November 2015, the Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report: Contamination of Australian Defence Force facilities (Part A) reporting by 4 February 2016, and contamination of other sites using firefighting foams (Part B) reporting by 30 April 2016. Read more

Rhonda Robinson speaks about contamination in her home

29 November 2015

Water quality concern following RAAF base contamination

An elderly couple’s water has been found to contain high levels of PFOS - commonly found in fire fighting chemicals. Read more