Four O'Clock Forum: PFAS Information Session (Z190221)

4:00pm Thursday, 21 February 2019
6:00pm Thursday, 21 February 2019
Novotel Darwin CBD
100 The Esplanade
Darwin, Northern Territory 0800

Mark O'Connell holds the position of Director Base and Community Support within the PFAS Investigation and Management Branch for the Department of Defence.

Join us as we welcome Mark as our key presenter to discuss the PFAS management and investigation process and the management activities in place that Defence is working towards to identify the best management and remediation options in place within the Northern Territory and other parts of Australia.

PFAS stands for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances and are manufactured chemicals used in products that resist heat, oil, stains and water. The chemicals have been used in Australia and around the world in many common household products and specialty applications. As a result, most people living in developed nations have some PFAS in their body. 

Legacy firefighting foams containing the PFAS group of chemicals were once used extensively worldwide and within Australia, including at Defence bases, due to their effectiveness in fighting liquid fuel fires.

In 2004 Defence commenced phasing out its use of legacy firefighting foam containing PFOS and PFOA as active ingredients and transitioned to a more environmentally safe product. 

The release of PFAS into the environment has become a concern, because we’ve learned these chemicals can persist in humans, animals and the environment.

Mark will discuss Defence’s PFAS investigation and the programs in place to assist affected communities deal with PFAS.


Mark O'Connell
  • Mark O'Connell, Director of Base and Community Support, PFAS Investigation and Management Branch, Department of Defence


3:45pmRegistration opens
4:00pmKey Presenter
6:00pmEvent close
Light refreshments are included.

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API Member$27.50
Non Member$52.50

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