Investigations into the presence of toxic perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are being conducted in Albion Park after the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) found them at the NSW Fire and Rescue site there earlier this year.
The EPA is investigating the Fire and Rescue NSW site on Airport Rd at Albion Park, part of a state-wide investigation program into the use of the carcinogenic PFCs and their presence in the environment.
The EPA’s hazardous incidents manager Andrew Mitchell said the discovery of PFCs was not unexpected due to past use of PFC containing firefighting foams at the FRNSW site.
“PFCs are already commonly found in the environment at low levels due to their widespread use in consumer and speciality products over many decades,” he said.
“The EPA understands that the Airport Rd, Albion Park premises was used to train firefighters from the south coast regions for a period in the 1990s.
PFCs are a group of chemicals with water and oil repelling properties, widely used in industrial and consumer products – including fire retardants, water proofing, food preparation, food packaging, furnishings, clothing and recreational equipment.