committee recommends that the Department of Defence recommence and fund a
program of blood tests for residents in the Oakey investigation area on an annual
committee recommends that the Department of Defence ensure that mental health
and counselling support services are provided free of charge to those affected
by PFOS/PFOA contamination from Army Aviation Centre Oakey, and that these
services continue for as long as they are required by residents.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government commit to voluntarily
acquire property and land which is no longer fit for purpose due to PFOS/PFOA
contamination from Army Aviation Centre Oakey. The committee further recommends
that the Commonwealth Government assist residents who may wish to relocate to
an alternative estate within the local community which is free from
committee recommends that the Government explicitly legislate for the immediate
removal and safe disposal of PFOS and PFOA firefighting foams from circulation
and storage at all Commonwealth, state and territory facilities in Australia.
committee recommends that voluntary blood testing be made available to current
and former workers at sites where firefighting foams containing PFOS/PFOA have
been used, and current and former residents living in proximity to these sites
who may be affected by contamination.
committee recommends that the Department of the Environment complete the
domestic treaty making process for the ratification of the addition of PFOS as
an Annex B restricted substance under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent
Organic Pollutants before the end of 2016.
committee recommends that the Commonwealth Government review the Environment
Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and, if necessary, seek
to have it amended to enable the Department of the Environment to assume a
national leadership role and intervene early should other legacy contamination
events emerge on the scale of Williamtown or Oakey, especially when contamination spreads from
land controlled by Defence to non-Commonwealth land.
committee recommends that it continue to monitor the Department of Defence's
handling of contamination of its estate and surrounding communities caused by
PFOS/PFOA, and report to the Senate on an interim basis as required.
committee recommends that it continue to monitor the response of, coordination
between and measures taken by Commonwealth, state and territory governments to
legacy contamination caused by PFOS/PFOA, including the adequacy of
environmental and human health standards and legislation.
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