MAITLAND residents have been given precautionary advice after testing found PFAS chemicals in three Hunter creeks after heavy rainfall earlier this year.
Rutherford residents near Stony, Fishery and Wallis creeks have been contacted directly after the per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances were detected.
“The federal government’s PFAS Expert Health Panel has concluded that there is no current evidence to suggest an increase in overall human health risk related to PFAS exposure, but has not ruled it out,” the NSW Environment Protection Authority said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Until more information becomes available, a precautionary advice to minimise exposure to PFAS remains in place across the state.”
Residents along Stony Creek are urged to avoid consuming eggs, milk and home-slaughtered livestock where chickens or stock have been watered with, or have access to, creek water.
Those along Fishery Creek downstream of Stony Creek and Wallis Creek downstream of Fishery Creek are urged to avoid eating home-slaughtered livestock.
The EPA is overseeing the clean-up of the Truegain waste oil processing site at Rutherford, which was contaminated with PFAS, after the company went into liquidation.
“The EPA is also investigating other potential sources of PFAS contamination in the Stony Creek catchment, including a number of premises with the Rutherford Industrial Estate,” the watchdog said in a statement.
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