“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…
‘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 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.”
Read the full article by Emma Reid