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Department of Environment and Science Alert: Continued restrictions on fish consumption at Ipswich waterways

November 09, 2018

The Department of Environment and Science (DES) continues to investigate contamination of PFAS chemicals in local Ipswich waterways and has established an investigation area.  

DES established an investigation area that includes Bundamba and Oaky creeks and surface water bodies and waterways that flow into these creeks. 

The sampling program which began in late August has so far involved soil, fish, sediment, surface water and groundwater at multiple locations within the area. 

Sampling of a small number of fish from Swanbank Lake and Bundamba Creek downstream of the lake have shown elevated concentrations of PFAS. 

DES is working with stakeholders on the issue, including Ipswich City Council. 

Signs have been installed in the area advising the public not to consume fish while investigations continue. 

Queensland Health advises residents not to consume fish from Swanbank Lake or Bundamba Creek downstream of the Swanbank Power Station site. 

Read the full media release here

Read the PFAS fact sheet here

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