Occupation and Environmental: Toxic PFAS firefighting chemicals to be banned in NSW

01 Mar 2021 - Environment

The state government will ban firefighting foams containing PFAS chemicals, bringing NSW into line with Queensland and South Australia where foams containing the dangerous toxins are already outlawed. The ban will be announced today by NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean and will prohibit the use of firefighting foams containing PFAS for training or demonstration purposes from this month. PFAS chemicals do not break down in the environment and have been linked to a slew of health effects by overseas governments, including cancer, immune system suppression and hormone disruption. Foams containing the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl chemicals will still be able to be used in catastrophic or special circumstances.  

Sydney Morning Herald; 01/03/2021; Page 1