Firefighting Foam Spilled At Brisbane Airport
Enters River And Kills Fish.
Original news item from ‘The Guardian’ ⇒ HERE
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Anglers warned to avoid area as authorities and Qantas investigate leak of chemicals
classified as an ‘emerging contaminant’
About 22,000 litres of firefighting foam leaked in a Qantas airport hangar at Brisbane airport.
A significant spill of firefighting foam at Brisbane airport has contaminated near by
waterways, killing fish and prompting warnings to recreational anglers.
About 22,000 litres of the foam leaked in a Qantas hangar on Monday,
the Queensland Government confirmed.
About three-quarters was kept within the hangar’s containment system but an
undisclosed quantity entered the airport’s stormwater system.
The chemicals have contaminated the lower reaches of the Brisbane river.
The impacted areas stretch from Bulimba creek to Fisherman Island, and further north to Shorncliffe.
About 20 dead fish were discovered within the airport’s boundaries.
The Queensland government has linked their deaths to the spill.
The spill happened about 9pm on Monday. QANTAS did not notify authorities until Tuesday.