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Turnbull’s contamination taskforce must publicly report activities

Ahead of the visit of Turnbull government’s contamination taskforce to the Williamtown ‘red zone’ in NSW tomorrow, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has urged the government to publicly report on the taskforce’s activities.
 
Senator James McGrath is the head of the prime ministerial contamination taskforce. 
 
“For many residents tomorrow’s visit will be too little too late, and I certainly understand that. It has been a long, hard slog for many residents whose lives have been upturned by this disaster,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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Greens call for transparency around firefighting foams

The Greens have again criticised the Department of Defence for their ongoing use of firefighting foams containing PFAS in Darwin and Townsville. 
 
Today they called on the Department of Defence and Air Services Australia to release the Material Safety Data Sheets of all the firefighting foams that they are currently using.
 
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. “There are no good arguments for the continued use of firefighting foams containing PFOS, PFOA or PFHxS,” Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
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Greens comment on PFAS contamination threat, funding uncertainty

Six months after the Coalition government announced a $55 million funding package to deal with contamination at Defence sites across Australia, including at Williamtown in New South Wales and Oakey in Queensland, details of the package remain unclear. The figures were released on Monday, in the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report.
 
Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW MP Mehreen Faruqi have commented on uncertainty over funding package, and on the threat that PFAS chemicals pose to human health, plants and animals. 
 
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Senate passes Greens/Xenophon motion on PFC contamination

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon has welcomed the support of the Senate in calling on the Turnbull government to publicly disclose how the $55 million funding package promised for PFC remediation has been spent, and to pay for residents living in Williamtown, Fullerton Cove and Salt Ash under similar contamination conditions to those inside the Red Zone to be connected to town water.

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PFOS at Campvale raises questions over RAAF base excavation

Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon has called for all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base to be suspended until a thorough investigation of onsite contamination is completed and publicly reported on.

"The Australian Greens once again call for the suspension of all excavation works on the Williamtown RAAF base until a thorough investigation into the on-site contamination is completed and the findings publicly reported.

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Defence Human Health Assessment report confirms dire straits for Williamtown residents

Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon says the recent Human Health Assessment Report released yesterday is more bad news for the Williamtown community. 

“It confirms that existing fishing bans for Fullerton Cove will remain in place, and extends cautionary advice about consumption to home grown fruit, vegetables and meat,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

“This report really does confirm some of the worst suspicions that community members have had, about how risky this contamination is, and how they have to curb their consumption to stay safe. 

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