PFAS Chemical Contamination

Concerned about the spread of PFAS chemical contamination across the country, Abigail used Question Time to ask what steps the government was taking to limit that contamination, particularly in regard to coal-fired power stations.

Ms ABIGAIL BOYD (12:32:19): My question is directed to the Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women, representing the Minister for Energy and Environment. Given this week's reports about the large number of sites affected by polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] chemical contamination across Queensland and the call from prominent American activist Erin Brockovich for all levels of Australian government to prevent the spread of PFAS chemical contamination, what has the New South Wales Government done to identify the sites in New South Wales affected by PFAS chemical contamination? How will the Government limit that contamination, including around coal-fired power stations?

The Hon. BRONNIE TAYLOR (Minister for Mental Health, Regional Youth and Women) (12:33:16): I do love Erin.

Ms Abigail Boyd: The person or the movie?

The Hon. BRONNIE TAYLOR: I loved the movie. I thank the member for her question and I would love to talk about the movie. That is a detailed question for a Minister whom I represent in another place. It is great to hear the member mention Erin Brockovich in the House. She has been a great advocate for many things, but before I get into trouble I will take the question on notice and get back to the member with the appropriate detail.

Read the full transcript on Hansard here.

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