Potential release of PFAS threatening biosecurity of industries on the Sunshine Coast

After heavy rainfall the Sunshine Coast Airport is constructing a pipeline to pump 125 million liters of PFAS-contaminated water from the airport. The water will be released into the ocean at Marcoola.

This proposal can adversely affect the fishery and tourism industries of the potential dangers that these chemicals can pose to human and animal health and the environment and of the strict biosecurity protections of agricultural industries.

PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) have classically been used in Australia since the 1950s to make products and coatings resist heat, oil, stains, water and grease. Subsequently, they were usually used in firefighting froth at airports and defense bases.

Although they continue to be used today in small amounts for safety. More levels of PFAS are an environmental and health concern, easily spreading if leached into groundwater and additional water supplies.

The research has proven that the PFAS does not break down break down, trace amounts are found in both animals and humans. They stay in environment for a long time.

Studies have also found that animals who have ingested PFAS have experienced adverse effects on their reproductive and developmental systems, livers and kidneys.