PFAS activities in Australia

EPA-logo-WebHeader-2015-254x92Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA), on behalf of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) and the Australian Government Department of Environment and Energy, hosted a summit of international environment experts and regulators on polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) on 3-4th April 2017 in Melbourne.

In Australia there have, for example, been been several incidents with PFAS pollution of ground- and surface waters from use of fire-fighting agents at airfields.

The summit focused on the environmental regulation of PFAS based on current human health reference values for PFAS. There were keynote talks by among others Eva Fetter, German Environment Agency, and Hilary Thornton, US EPA. Video recording can be watched on the website: http://www.epa.vic.gov.au/your-environment/land-and-groundwater/pfas-in-victoria/hepa-regulators-pfas-summit

A recent litterature review on potential health effects of PFAS was made for EPA Victoria by Brian Priestly in November 2016.

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