ADF asked to pay for health tests amid Oakey chemical contamination fears

By Sam Burgess

Posted October 13, 2014 11:39:24

Health tests will be conducted on residents who live near the scene of a potential chemical contamination on southern Queensland’s Darling Downs.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is investigating whether firefighting chemicals used at its Army aviation base at Oakey over a 40-year period have leached into underground water.

Lawyer Peter Shannon is representing nearby landholders who believe they may have been affected.

Mr Shannon says the tests will be conducted by independent laboratories and are designed to allay health concerns that some residents have expressed.

He says the ADF has been asked to pay for the tests.

“As a result of the community mindedness of a few organisations involved in blood testing and laboratories etc, a very reasonable pricing proposal’s been put to the Army,” he said.

“We’re hoping that the Army will approve that and we can get underway on that very quickly.

“Really it’ll just be their information to educate everybody and may or may not allay a lot of concerns but it’s information that’s obviously needed and it needs to be gathered quickly given that it seems the issues are going to remain very relevant and perhaps a bit broader than expected.”

The ADF has been contacted for comment.

Topics: water-pollution, pollution, water, water-supply, activism-and-lobbying, army, oakey-4401, toowoomba-4350

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