Toxic Consequences. FREE science event

Fri 23 February 2018 6.30pm, James Theatre, Dungog

The science behind … contamination and risks from illegal drug labs – and firefighting foams!

Drug labs get shut down (or move on) but the residual contamination can remain, and presents serious risks. Solids, liquids and vapours can be absorbed by floorings, walls, drains, ducting, furnishings and fixtures. Even the residues from ice smoking can persist for years and the risks to children can be severe. In this fascinating talk, Dr Jackie Wright from EnRiskS brings 25 years experience in human health and environmental risk assessment to health and other consequences posed by illicit drug labs.

Fire fighting foams include chemicals called PFCs and PFAs. These problematic chemicals have been found around airports and defence bases lately – including RAAF Bases Williamtown and Tindal and Army Aviation Base Oakey. Media stories are not always based on a great understanding of science so in this talk Therese Manning from EnRiskS will explore some of the basics for the chemicals – what makes them so widespread, what evidence for health and environmental effects, what we can do about them.

When: Friday 23 February 2018, from 6.30pm.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St Dungog.

Cost: Gold Coin Donation appreciated. No need to book. Just turn up on the night.

Who this is for: citizen scientists, everybody, science lovers, real estate agents and law enforcement agents, councillors and council workers.

From the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub and Environmental Risk Sciences Pty Ltd, bringing science-based approaches to risk assessment.

This initiative is supported by Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government.

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