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Baltimore Port Marina, Burnett Heads, Bundaberg Mike Knott BUN130417BALTIMORES10

PFAS: Second discovery of chemical in Bundaberg

PFAS has been found in a second location in Bundaberg, this time at the Port.

The NewsMail understands some residents who live near the port were last night informed about the contamination.

A statement issued by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, which runs the Bundaberg port, said contaminated groundwater had been found on site.

The corporation refused to detail what level of contamination had been found, saying further testing needed to be completed.

"Some elevated concentrations of PFAS were detected on site at Port Central, Gladstone and the Port of Bundaberg during the preliminary testing process," the statement reads.

"We wish to assure residents that these results do not relate to water connected to town supplies, which are used by Gladstone and Bundaberg residents for drinking.

"No groundwater at the Ports is used for human consumption."

Last month Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey broke the news to the community one of its town water supplies was contaminated.

The Dr Mays Road bore had twice the guideline limit of the PFAS chemical on testing and authorities immediately turned it off.

Residents in Svensson Heights were advised not to drink bore water, or consume fruit, vegetable, or eggs from chickens which may have drank the water.

The water supply was changed over on April 12.

The latest PFAS discovery is not thought to be related to the first one.

Earlier this week an expert PFAS report was released by the Australian Government.

It stated there was limited, or in some cases no evidence, that exposure to PFAS is linked with human disease.

The GPC statement said bore water near the Bundaberg Port could be contaminated by minerals, chemicals, bacteria and viruses through natural processes and human activities.

The contamination would not come as a major surprise given authorities are now testing far more widely for the presence of PFAS and the area has been used for industrial purposes over the years.

Just recently groundwater at the Townsville Port was also found to contain PFAS.

The port corporatoin has offered nearby residents the opportunity to have their bores tested. The NewsMail understands there are some concerns that people may have unregistered bores.

Gladstone Ports Corporation is working closely with independent experts as well as the Queensland Government's PFAS Technical Working Group, the Department of Environment and Science and Queensland Health.

"GPC is committed to keeping the community informed as investigations progress," the statement reads.

Meanwhile, authorities are expected to provide an update on the Svensson Heights situation today.



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