Cancer-causing chemicals in water forced Fiskville closure, inquiry told

SHOCK test results showing cancer-causing chemicals in tanks supplied with mains water forced the closure of the Country Fire Authority’s main training college, an inquiry has heard.

Former CFA chair Claire Higgins revealed today that each CFA board member who dialled into a telephone hook-up agreed to the permanent closure of the Fiskville site last year.

The decision was made after the discovery of 65 positive results for PFOS, a cancer-causing chemical found in banned firefighting foams. There was “deeply disturbing information that PFOS was found in areas unexpected and unexplained to us,” Ms Higgins said.

“Those hydrants were being fed from town water.”

Ms Higgins said the test results undermined the board’s confidence in the safety of the site because it had publicly stated in a report that it would remove PFOS from Fiskville.

Fiskville was closed in March last year, after a series of CFA-commissioned reports sparked by a Herald Sun investigation.

Source: Herald Sun

Dale Bothe

AusRealNews.com.au editor

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