Queensland Health is understood to be advising Oakey residents not to eat eggs, or drink milk from animals raised within the contamination zone, as well as avoiding fish caught in the creek.
Queensland Health is understood to be advising Oakey residents not to eat eggs, or drink milk from animals raised within the contamination zone, as well as avoiding fish caught in the creek.

Blood tests expose Oakey 'health time bomb'

RESIDENTS of a Queensland town face living with potential health time bombs after ​chemicals used for decades at an army aviation base were found to have leached into the ground and contaminated part of the ground water supply.

​It has left some residents with chemical levels 44 times the national average in their blood.

And Oakey residents are not alone - the recent discovery of the same chemicals in some surface and groundwater of a New South Wales town around a Defence Force base and airport has raised concerns further contaminations could be found.

Fairfax Media understands the water and land around the Amberley and Townsville Defence bases is also under investigation, following confirmation the chemicals used by Defence staff in fire fighting drills had soaked into the ground and passed into part of the ground water supply in Williamstown, near Newcastle, as well as the Oakey Army Aviation Centre site.

Defence is continuing to test at Williamstown, and remains unsure how far the contamination may have spread, but made the point in its report that finding levels higher than the adopted screening criteria, did not necessarily equate to a higher risk.

Read more at Brisbane Times



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