2017/20: Ship Creek, Port Central (Gladstone). Fish warning

Port Central (Gladstone)

In November 2017, Gladstone Ports Corporation conducted voluntary groundwater and surface water testing at Port Central, Gladstone and detected PFAS – a group of chemicals that are widely used in consumer and industrial products, including firefighting foams. A detailed summary of Gladstone Ports Corporation’s response to the issue may be found at GPCL PFAS Monitoring.

Fish samples were taken from Ship Creek at Port Central from 10 to 12 September 2018. A number of these exceeded the Food Standards Australia New Zealand trigger points for PFAS investigations.

Based on the pilot sampling results, Queensland Health recommends the public should avoid consuming fish from Ship Creek. However, it should be noted that infrequent consumption (every few months) of a meal of seafood from the creek would not make a significant contribution to an individual’s overall exposure to PFAS.

Members of the public concerned about their health should see their local doctor or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

GPC says no foam up Ship Creek

1/8/18

https://www.gladstoneobserver.com.au/news/gpc-says-no-foam-up-ship-creek/3481256/

GLADSTONE Ports Corporation has assured residents “no elevated levels” of PFAS substances were found during recent groundwater testing at its Port Central site.

Earlier this year GPC identified elevated levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, at the site running adjacent to Flinders Pde and Ship Creek.

GPC said their priority was to confirm the initial groundwater sampling results against the (Commonwealth) Department of Health’s Recreational Water Guidelines.

During this process, the development of a groundwater model was commissioned by GPC to assist in determining the nature and extent of the issue.

“The groundwater modelling indicates that the groundwater’s preferential flow is away from residential areas and towards Ship Creek,” GPC chief executive officer Peter O’Sullivan said.

“We have assessed the situation at Ship Creek through two rounds of groundwater sampling, with no elevated levels recorded.”

GPC said there were no current restrictions to recreational activities such as swimming, boating or fishing around the Port Central area.

It is now reviewing the latest information available before determining whether further work is required.

In 2016 the Queensland Government introduced a policy phasing out the use of firefighting foams containing PFAS, which is due to be completed by July next year.

PFAS has been widely used since the 1950s in a range of consumer and industrial products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water.

The compounds were also contained in firefighting foam that was used for firefighting and firefighting training at various Australian sites, including civil airports, military air bases, large fuel storage terminals and refineries and ports.

GPC has since banned the use and storage of firefighting foams containing PFAS in its port precincts.

No elevated PFAS up Ship Creek says Port.

Gladstone News 31/7/20

Water modelling performed by the Gladstone Ports Corporation has identified that PFAS flows away from residential areas towards Ship Creek.

Two rounds of groundwater sampling at Ship Creek show no elevated levels of PFAS

Earlier this year, Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) identified elevated levels of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS, at Port Central in Gladstone.

GPC’s priority was to confirm the initial groundwater sampling results against the Department of Health’s Recreational Water Guidelines (Commonwealth).

During this process, the development of a groundwater model was commissioned by GPC to assist in determining the nature and extent of the issue.

GPC CEO Peter O’Sullivan said the model has now been received.

“The groundwater modelling indicates that the groundwater’s preferential flow is away from residential areas and towards Ship Creek,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We have assessed the situation at Ship Creek through two rounds of groundwater sampling, with no elevated levels recorded.”

There are no current restrictions to recreational activities such as swimming, boating or fishing, around the Port Central area.

GPC is now reviewing the latest information available before determining whether further work is required.

“We remain committed to keeping the community and our stakeholders informed throughout this process,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

“We are also continuing to work closely with the Queensland Government in ensuring our response puts the health and safety of our community and our environment first.”

Further information on PFAS in Queensland can be found at the Queensland Government website:

https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/investigation-pfas

BACKGROUND

In 2016, the Queensland Government introduced a policy phasing out the use of firefighting foams containing PFAS.

This process is due to be completed by July 2019.

PFAS has been widely used since the 1950s in a range of consumer and industrial products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water.

The compounds were also contained in firefighting foam that was used for firefighting and firefighting training at various Australian sites, including civil airports, military air bases, large fuel storage terminals and refineries and ports.

GPC is taking action to proactively ban the use and storage of firefighting foams containing PFAS in its port precincts, to support implementation of the Department of Environment and Sciences firefighting foam policy.