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matCARE™ in the media 2015

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Below is a selection of archived national and international news reports on matCARE, AFFFs and related topics.

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matCARE in the media 2015

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

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

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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

 


 

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