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“The NT Government has pledged to launch an investigation after elevated levels of PFAS contaminants were discovered at the Alice Springs Fire Station, while assuring the public the town’s water is safe to drink.

Department of Environment director of environmental operations Peter Vasel said soil samples taken from the Alice Springs fire station grounds returned concentrations ‘above the human health investigation levels as outlined in the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan.’

He did not say when the samples were taken and returned.

Mr Vasel said the elevated levels prompted the NT Fire and Rescue Service to pledge to conduct a mandatory environmental audit program through a Detailed Site Investigation ‘within six months’.

The government said Power and Water testing showed there were no detectable levels of PFAS in the town’s water supply and it is safe to drink.

It was unclear if the water was tested as a result of the PFAS discovery at the fire station.”…