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A lawyers’ feast in Queensland:

The Queensland Government has banned the use of Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals after they leeched from firefighting foam at the Oakey Aviation Base into the town’s groundwater, contaminating land and causing health worries…

In July, a United States jury ordered Teflon maker DuPont to pay $US5.1 million to a man who said he developed testicular cancer after being exposed to the PFOS and PFOA chemicals.

Furthermore, at a community meeting in Oakey last month, Shine Lawyers and environmental advocate Erin Brockovich told residents the chemicals could cause cancer in humans.

Queensland GP Dr John Hall says there is no proof the chemicals are toxic:

“There is not a good link between this chemical and significant disease in humans,” he said.

“There has been some confusion and the impression that this chemical is really harmful to humans, that has been part of the myth that is being perpetuated.

“Unfortunately there hasn’t been enough public education about the chemical.

Fire-fighter foam looks to be as dangerous as silicone breast implants.

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