A public meeting is being held in Darwin today to discuss development of a national plan for dealing with PFAS chemicals in the environment.
The Katherine Times is today sharing their livestream to real-time coverage of the meeting from 10am.
Some Katherine residents have questioned why regulators would hold the meeting in Darwin when the obvious hot spot for PFAS contamination is in Katherine.
Katherine residents have now been invited to submit questions about the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan that has been released for public comment.
Health officials around the world are grappling with the problem of the PFAS chemicals.
PFAS contained in firefighting foams once used at the Tindal RAAF Base have leached into the groundwater and contaminated Katherine’s drinking water.
The meeting is being held at the Bonaparte Room, Novotel Darwin Airport.
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The PFAS NEMP aims to provide governments with a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites.
This presentation will introduce the PFAS NEMP, discuss the timeline and process for development and outline how Territorians can have their say.
The PFAS NEMP is being developed as an adaptive plan, able to respond to emerging research and knowledge with a copy of the consultation draft available atwww.ntepa.nt.gov.au
PFAS are of emerging global concern because they are persistent in the environment and may potentially pose a risk to human health and the environment.
Development of the draft Plan stemmed from a PFAS regulators Summit held in Melbourne earlier this year that was attended by NT EPA officers.
The summit outcomes have been used to support the development of the PFAS NEMP consultation draft, which outlines a nationally consistent approach to the environmental regulation of PFAS.
Anyone with an interest in PFAS management is urged to read through the draft plan and provide comment before the September 25 deadline.
The National Chemicals Working Group of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) is developing the Plan in consultation with relevant Australian Government, state and territory agencies.