The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is seeking public comment on the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines 2011 (ADWG) draft chemical fact sheet and health based guideline values for per- and poly-fluoro alkylated substances, also known as PFAS. The term ‘PFAS’ includes perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS).
PFAS are manufactured chemicals that have been used since the 1950s in a range of specialty applications such as some types of fire-fighting foams. Recently, PFAS contamination has been found on a number of sites, including where fire-fighting foams containing PFAS have been used. Their use has resulted in the identification of a number of contaminated sites around Australia where they have been found in water sources (surface and ground) and on adjacent land. This is a concern as their chemical
All stakeholders are invited to make a submission to NHMRC about the proposed changes. The draft fact sheet and information on how to make a submission can be obtained from the NHMRC public consultation website at http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au/.Back to list