Hazardous waste

PFAS Summit and FSANZ Report on perfluorinated chemicals in food

PFAS Summit and FSANZ Report on perfluorinated chemicals in food

Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s (FSANZ) have just released their Report – Perfluorinated Chemicals in Food. The Report on Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS), Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), and Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS) provides new levels for drinking water and tolerable daily intakes (TDI). These levels will replace the very high interim levels set in the ’invitation only’ workshop held(…)

Groups reject Orica Australia’s proposal to incinerate toxic waste in Finland

Groups reject Orica Australia’s proposal to incinerate toxic waste in Finland

International and Australian NGOs have expressed their strong opposition to the Minister for Environment, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, to Orica’s application to export their HCB hazardous waste stockpile for incineration in Finland. Australia is a developed country and should deal with its own POPs (persistent organic pollutants) waste as it has in the past. Australia(…)

New toxic time bomb: Contaminants in marine plastic pollution

New toxic time bomb: Contaminants in marine plastic pollution

The United Nations Environment Program called marine plastics the “new toxic time- bomb”. Marine plastic is not only entangling and drowning wildlife, it is being mistaken for food and ingested along with its toxic contaminants. Marine plastics and in particular microplastics, provide a global transport medium for the most toxic chemicals into the marine food(…)

Firefighters, community and environment at risk from perfluorinated chemcials

Firefighters, community and environment at risk from perfluorinated chemcials

NTN has released a report on the Persistence and Toxicity of Perfluorinated Compounds in Australia. These manufactured fluorinated chemicals are used in a variety of consumer goods from non-stick kitchenware to waterproof clothing and even cosmetics, as well as many industrial application such as firefighting foams. Produced commercially since the 1950s, two groups of perfluorinated(…)

Pharmaceutical pollution reaching alarming levels globally

Pharmaceutical pollution reaching alarming levels globally

The National Toxics Network (NTN) has released a new report and a fact sheet warning that pharmaceutical pollution has reached alarming levels globally, with over 200 different pharmaceuticals detected in aquatic and terrestrial environments, including areas as remote as the Antarctic. The report examines the situation in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. As a(…)