ENVIRONMENTAL contamination has occurred on at least two rural properties in the Penshurst region as a result of fire fighting chemicals used in the past by CFA at its Penshurst training centre.
In a report made by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria, higher than acceptable levels of perfluorinated compounds were found in the shallow ground water used on two rural households, as well as onsite at the training facility.
In total, seven bores (four stock and domestic bores) showed contamination and landowners were advised that all use of bore water should be avoided until further notice and offered alternative water sources if needed.
Southern Grampians Shire chief executive Michael Tudball said council and community would continue to work closely with the CFA as it worked to minimise impacts offsite.
“While significant work has already been undertaken by the CFA, this report highlights areas that require follow up action and clearly outlines a long-term water testing regime,” Mr Tudball said.