Brisbane Airport takes legal action against Airservices Australia over PFAS chemicals

Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport

BRISBANE AIRPORT is suing Airservices Australia over the same toxic firefighting chemicals that have triggered Williamtown’s contamination crisis. 

Airservices Australia, established in 1995, provides aviation rescue and fire fighting services to 26 commercial airports across the country.  

The government-owned agency has contracts with Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra Airports. However it does not service Newcastle Airport, which relies on the neighbouring Defence base for its firefighting operations. 

Brisbane Airport was contacted over the lawsuit on Thursday, but said it was unable to comment while the matter was before the courts. 

“Brisbane Airport Corporation can confirm it has filed legal action in the Supreme Court of Queensland against Airservices Australia (ASA) in relation to historical aqueous film forming foam contamination caused by ASA at the airport,” it said. 

Fairfax Media previously reported that the latest annual report for Airservices Australia included a $23.2 million liability earmarked for managing the fallout from the legacy of contamination. 

The company has stated that it has not used a fire fighting foam containing the harmful per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] at any of its civilian airport operations since 2010. It claims it began phasing out foams containing PFAS in the early 2000s.

Airservices Australia has been contacted for comment.

More to come.