In February 2021, CS Energy advised Sunwater it had detected levels of the chemical PFAS (poly-fluoroalkyl substances) in groundwater and surface water at their power station site near Callide Dam, as well as at one groundwater location at Linkes Road near Callide Creek.
Sunwater has conducted testing on samples taken from several locations in Callide Dam and can confirm no PFAS compounds were detected.
We will continue to monitor the situation and conduct periodic testing as required.
Banana Shire Council also conducted testing on the Biloela town water supply, and it was found to be within drinking water guidelines.
CS Energy continues to conduct testing in the area and has been in touch with landholders. They will provide updates on the testing results in due course.
Any requests for further information should be directed to CS Energy on 07 4992 9329.
If you have any health queries going to Queensland Health on 13 43 25.
PFAS is a common chemical and people are exposed to small amounts in everyday life through dust, indoor and outdoor air, food, water and contact with consumer products that contain these chemicals.
As well as consumer products, PFAS has also been previously used in some industrial processes, including in certain types of fire-fighting foams.
Callide Power Station’s use of PFAS fire-fighting foams over the years was infrequent, and in small quantities for training, testing and emergency response purposes.
PFAS-containing fire-fighting foams were phased out of use by the Queensland Government in 2019.