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PRAWNERS BAN FISHING INDEFINITELY ALONG HUNTER RIVER

Hunter prawners have made the agonizing decision to ban fishing along the entire Hunter River indefinitely, following the release of test results into the Williamtown contamination. Testing by the Department of Primary Industries revealed elevated levels of chemical known as PFOS in prawns caught at several points along the river. The chemical was once used in fire fighting foam at RAAF Base Williamtown. At the start of November, local prawners decided to push back the start of the season to wait for the results.

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NEWCASTLE PRAWNERS TO HOLD OFF TRAWLING UNTIL TESTS COME BACK

Newcastle prawners say they’ve reached a verbal agreement to hold off trawling for two weeks, despite the prawning season officially starting tomorrow. The industry will be able to fish in areas of the Hunter River Estuary that are outside the EPA’s designated red zone, but a spokesperson says they want to clear the product of possible contamination first. The Department of Primary Industries will collect samples in the waterways on Tuesday, to see whether the chemical spill from the Williamtown RAAF Base is affecting prawns.

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DEFENCE CLEARS 15 WATER BORES OF CONTAMINATION

There’s some good news for residents of Port Stephens affected by a chemical spill, with the Department of Defence clearing 15 water bores of contamination. In a statement to NBN News, the department says the results of 17 bores have been provided to residents and businesses, with 15 bores showing no sign of the contaminant. A further 41 sites are currently under analysis. Meantime, the community will hold a meeting at Salt Ash Church Hall tonight, to discuss its next move. AUDIO IN PARTS

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EXPERT PANEL TO ORDER MORE TESTS ON CONTAMINATED FISH AND WATER IN WILLIAMTOWN

The expert panel examining contamination from the Williamtown RAAF Base in Port Stephens, will conduct further testing on water, oysters and fish. The decision follows a meeting at Williamtown Airport today, involving experts in toxicology and health. The expert panel has one year to determine the full extent of the spill of potentially dangerous firefighting foams, once used at the base. Meanwhile, the area covered by the ban on the consumption of bore water, fish and prawns has been extended to the east – but details won’t be released until tomorrow.

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