ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION ACT 1993
Fire-fighting Foams Ban
PURSUANT to Section 28 (3) (b) of the Environment Protection Act 1993 (EP Act), the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) intends to amend the Environment Protection (Water Quality) Policy 2015 (WQ EPP) to include a prohibition on the use of fire-fighting foams containing perfluorinated chemicals; specifically perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and any chemicals that degrade to PFOS or PFOA. The ban is not proposed to apply to hand-held extinguishers.
The proposed amendment will be subject to a two-month consultation period. A further notice will be published shortly advising of further information around the draft amendment, an explanatory report and the details of the date and location of the public consultation session.
Dated 23 February 2017.
T. Circelli, Chief Executive,
Environment Protection Authority