Things that go bump in the night,

Funny, the Yanks seem to be concerned about their toxic PFAS water;

Welcome to Australia, where the Government gives away billions in aid to other countries each year but then covers up issues that are potentially killing its own people. FFS.

The current Government in Australia needs to be removed. The system needs to be torn down....
PFAS the next human contaminate 'asbestos' disaster?

By Martin Bunyard, via the QLD Country Life:

Quote:Oakey PFAS firefighting foam inquiry brings out landholders emotions

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Martin Bunyard @martin_bunyard
17 Aug 2018, 6:35 p.m.

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 Oakey cattle breeder Dianne Priddle gave an emotional address about her impact concerns of PFAS contamination.

Toowoomba Regional Council has admitted taking no action to stop the use of potentially contaminated bore water for agriculture. 

The primary responsibility for on-property private bores in Queensland’s Oakey region, impacted by Perfluorooctane sulphonate and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFAS) firefighting foam use at the local army airbase, lies with Queensland’s natural resources, mines and energy department. But, Toowoomba Regional Council representatives, who faced questioning at a parliamentary inquiry in Oakey on Friday, admitted the local council had taken no action to prevent the use of bore water by private landholders and had not asked for state government help to deal with the problem since PFAS water and ground contamination were flagged back in 2012.   

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 Toowoomba Regional Council representatives Andrew Murray, principal scientist, John Mills, manager water operations, and Damian Platts, general manager water and waste services.

The federal government’s defense representatives confirmed during the inquiry the department was aware of potential PFAS contamination issues impacting surrounding properties and water aquifers outside Oakey’s defense airbase boundary in December 2012. 

In a statement to Queensland Country Life a spokesperson from the Queensland department of natural resources, mines and energy said it continues “to work with the federal government to ensure landholders in the Oakey region have been notified of PFAS contamination, and continues to provide advice around water quality monitoring as well as alternative water supply options”.

The spokesperson also said any landholders concerned about water quality should contact the department directly.

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 Oakey PFAS inquiry committee members Senator Claire Moore, Chairman Andrew Laming and Senator Malarndirri McCarty.

Oakey stud and commercial cattle producer Dianne Priddle, Berwick Stud, south west of the Oakey airbase said they stopped using their bore water and started bring in hay to feed cattle at the start of 2014 due to PFAS contamination concerns. 

“Oakey as a region is sitting on a water alluvial aquifer (underground water), so potential contamination to bore water is a real issue for us in agriculture who rely on maintaining high standards of eating safety for our products in the food supply chain, such as beef people buy at the supermarkets,” Ms Priddle said. 

[size=undefined][size=undefined]“It’s a flaming mess, I’ll be dead if the government and it’s defence department doesn’t get this sorted soon.”

The last testing of Ms Priddle bore water showed no PFAS contamination in her bore water but the family’s property does receive overland water flow of potentially contaminated water from Oakey airbase. 

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 Jennifer Spencer (left) addresses the Oakey PFAS contamination inquiry on Friday.

According to the latest health guidelines, a tolerable daily intake of PFOS chemical is 0.02 micrograms and 0.16 micrograms of PFOA, which are the two chemicals combined to make PFAS in firefighting foam. 

A total of 30 local residents and surrounding property owners attended the PFAS parliament joint standing committee’s examination of the contamination management in and around Oakey’s defence airbase.

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 Doctor Eric Donaldson has a cattle property in the PFAS contaminated zone at Oakey.

Local retired aviation doctor and a rural property owner in the contamination zone, Eric Donaldson, said much of the immediate human health impact has been “negative anxiety” experienced by those potentially impacted from the chemicals, which still has some potential unknown health implications.

The use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams has now been stopped due to Queensland government regulation.  

Related story: Oakey left out of PFAS report

Doctor Andrew Jeremijenko, who works as a occupational physician at Mater Private Hospital, said during his address to the inquiry “it’s really time to start risk managing over wise the federal government may face massive compensation bills”. 

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 Doctor Andrew Jeremijenko addresses the Oakey PFAS federal government inquiry on Friday.

“In all parts of Australia, except Western Australia, the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been stopped,” Dr Jeremijenko said.
PFAS inquiry chairman Andrew Laming said it’s to early to make links between PFAS and health outcomes, but conceded there are associations between PFAS and potential human health impacts. 

Related story: Toxic fears; farmers warned not to eat the beef they sell

A federal government’s report on Oakey’s potential PFAS firefighting foam contamination inquiry will be delivered by mid-October.  

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And there you have it;

“Toowoomba Regional Council has admitted taking no action to stop the use of potentially contaminated bore water for agriculture”.

So not only do you have an incompetent Federal Government along with an incompetent agency (ASA) you now have a prime example of an incompetent Council at Local Government level. Regardless of whether they are Federal, State or Local, all levels of Government are nothing short of useless bureaucracies staffed by some of the dumbest assholes on the planet. Any currently serving Toowoomba Councillors and Council management should be shown the door for doing nothing regarding this water crisis. If Stirling Hinchcliff is going to sack the Ipswich Council for malfeasance then surely he can throw in the Toowoomba Council and make it a two for one deal.

I hope ASA are watching this unfold. Lawsuits a plenty coming your way Jason Harfwit. Of course the Federal Government should also be watching young Jason’s portfolio closely as this steaming turd is gathering more flies every day. Then again, our Honourable trough dwellers are too busy donating billions to the Clinton foundation, tongue bathing the UN’s sphincters and fighting amongst themselves for prestige and prominence  than to deal with such petty issues now affecting tens of thousands of Australians.

Tick Tick? Oh you bet it is.......
Tick - Tox-ic ?
WARNING: Toxic chemicals detected in more Ipswich creeks

The problem is spreading at one of Jason Harfwits RAAF bases - Ipswich;

Two ATCOs have a sickie and the system can't cope - WTD?

Via the Oz:

Quote:Airports in meltdown after two staff call in sick
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Long queues of frustrated passengers at Sydney Airport yesterday. Picture: Luke Drew


  • 11:00PM OCTOBER 7, 2018

Thousands of travellers were left stranded at various Australian airports yesterday after two air traffic control staffers called in sick at Sydney Airport.

At least 26 outbound domestic flights were cancelled at the airport, affecting Qantas, Qantas Link, Tiger Air, Jetstar and Virgin passengers and causing a domino effect of delays at interstate and regional airports.

At least another three flights were delayed in Sydney during the chaos, which was exacerbated by heavy rain and thick cloud that covered the city all day.

A spokeswoman from Airservices Australia confirmed the day’s flight schedule had to be reorganised after two staffers reported at the last minute they were ill, meaning fewer staff were available to organise the airport’s busy school-holiday schedule. “As safety is our first priority, we had to slow down traffic while we worked with the airlines to resolve the issue,” the spokeswoman said.

“We were able to get in extra staff to return to full capacity and reworked the schedule but ­unfortunately the impact on services could not be fully recovered and some flights had already been cancelled.”

All inbound flights were due to reach their destination by ­curfew last night.

Airservices Australia, a federal government agency, is responsible for airspace manage­ment and ensuring safe airspace navigation around the country.

Passenger volumes were heavier than usual, given it was the middle weekend of the NSW October school holidays and the end of the school holidays in Victoria.

Airlines dealt with the backlog of passengers by either finding spare seats on later flights or delaying trips until today.

Qantas issued a statement saying everything was being done to “get customers moving” yesterday afternoon.

“But the reduced take off and landing rates meant we’ve had to cancel some flights,” the statement said.

“Some customers were moved to flights on Sunday evening but as it’s school holidays, we have limited spare seats so others won’t travel until ­Monday.”

Disgruntled travellers vented their frustration on social media and in many cases it was the airlines copping the blame over the cancellations. “First Jetstar cancel my 7am flight on Friday to Sydney without notifying me and then our flight at 4pm today to go back to Melbourne is cancelled with no notification. What a waste of money and points,” one person wrote.

Alana Vouroudis took to Twitter to write: “Thanks @SydneyAirport — my flight home to Sydney has been cancelled due to lack of staff/ a strike. Now I’ve been told by @Qantas that we will only be compensated for the room (up to $200; which is nothing) and not for dinner tonight or transfer tomorrow. NOT HAPPY!!”

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If the information published is correct regarding the nations ATC coming to a grinding hault due to two ATCO’s being off sick at short notice then the system is a dismal failure. But of course, it is Government a d not private enterprise who are managing our ATC so of course it is doomed to fail. Totally inept morons. How much inconvenience to the passengers and airlines and how many hundreds of thousands of dollars were lost in the process?

Heaven help us if someone farts in the operations room of Onesky when it comes on line, or if someone spills a teaspoon of coffee on a mousepad!

I hope none of Turdballs or Barnbabys ghost flights were delayed?

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Third-generation Melbourne market gardener David Wallace is one of dozens of landholders who have been told to stop using water from the Maribyrnong River after toxic chemicals from firefighting foam were detected in runoff from Melbourne Airport. More here;


The EPA has issued a warning to the public to stay away from a number of Brimbank waterways.
The agency recommended that people avoid swimming in the water and keep pets away from Arundel Creek,  Deep Creek and Maribyrnong RIver.
Anglers have been advised not to fish in the Maribyrnong River upstream of the Calder Freeway to Deep Creek at Bulla and within all of Arundel Creek


Preliminary site investigation results for Hobart airport’s exposure to toxic chemicals is expected to be released by mid-October;

Oh well, I guess Electric Blue has too many other issues on the boil at the
moment for him to be bothered by a bit of dirty water, things including the potential ASA industrial action by staff, the need for him to purchase new hair products, the need to run a cash producing monopoly into the red and the need to spend quality time tongue cleansing new Board Chair Mark Foreskin’s rectum.

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TICK...TOCK goes the Harfwit Hobart air routes clock -  Confused  

Via the Hobart Mercury... Wink :

Quote:Flight safety alert after ‘multiple incidents’ spark warning over new routes

October 9, 2018 10:27pm

THERE are safety concerns over new flight paths at Hobart airport after planes twice flew too close to each other and nine other flights failed to stick to height restrictions.

The incidents have required Hobart’s air traffic controllers to revert back to manually specifying the altitude to pilots, rather than using the satellite guided aircraft flight management system.

The measures were necessary so that planes did not accidentally collide at the crossover point for incoming and outgoing flights.

The two close calls, referred to as a loss of separation, happened in airspace over Richmond.

In December 2017 two approaching aircraft flew within about five kilometres of one another and in January this year two departing planes were about eight kilometres apart.

In Australian airspace aircraft must be separated by 305m vertically unless they are 9.26km from each other horizontally.

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Federal Labor Lyons MP Brian Mitchell. Picture: Rob Blakers

Between September 2017 and March this year, nine departing flights also failed to stick to height restrictions at the point where they would have crossed paths with an approaching aircraft.

The incidents followed changes to Hobart airport flight paths in September last year when Airservices Australia implemented satellite guided paths for arriving and departing aircraft.

Federal Labor Lyons MP Brian Mitchell this week hit out at Airservices Australia saying there were no clearance issues under the old system.

“I can’t recall the last time we had a clearance issue under the old system,” he said. “Airservices say it’s safer but there’s no data to suggest that it is.”

He said from his experience people in the industry preferred the old system where they had more control over environmental factors such as wind speed.

“My fear is it’s about saving money … by having fewer staff in the tower,” he said.

“They should bite the bullet and go back to the old flight paths.”

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Airservices Australia chief executive Jason Harfield.

Airservices chief executive Jason Harfield said the satellite technology was safer because it ensured aircraft flew predictably and consistently.
An Airservices spokeswoman said the new routes also reduced the workload on pilots and air traffic controllers.

Airservices said there had been no incidents reported since March.

Mr Harfield told a Senate Committee earlier this year pilot error was to blame for the two losses of separation, not the new flight paths.

“We do see a heightened risk of those when there is a change in the system … associated with a potential for a failure to comply,” he said.

He said the new routes were needed to manage increased air traffic at Hobart.
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Aagh Harfwit looking splendid in his purple tie. But he really should get some liposuction done on that buccula.

The United Firefighters Union is putting the heat back on the Defence Department by calling for a national approach to chemicals used in firefighting foam.

I hope that the buccular boy in the blue suit is listening to our lads in the fire trucks;

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Some questions being raised about the Guvmint’s so-called PFAS/PFOS ‘testing methods’. The reliability of a national blood sampling program for toxic firefighting chemicals is under question, after a private test showed more than double the level of a contaminant in a man’s blood compared to a government sample taken on the same day.
Yes Full article from the Simply Marvellous Horse Pooh;

Now, had this been PNG or Indonesia our ‘honourable ones’ would be spending tens of millions on those affected. Had the Clinton foundation or that other puerile organisation the U.N. asked for a PFOS contribution our political dross would be tripping over themselves to hand over millions upon millions. But nope, not for our Australian citizens, its BOHICA time.

Miniscule 8G McDo'Naught gets ignored on Hobart flightpath request?  Dodgy

From that happy little chappy in Tassie, via the Oz... Wink

Quote:Airservices ‘stonewalls’ on safe landings

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Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack

  • 11:00PM OCTOBER 14, 2018

Three months after the Deputy Prime Minister promised changes to ease noise caused by Hobart’s new flightpaths, Airservices Australia has been ­accused of stonewalling and ­ignoring its own safety advice.

In May, The Australian revealed bungling of new standardised flightpaths, based on satellite guidance, had seen a spike in ­safety breaches, including two cases of passenger jets travelling too close to each other.

An Airservices review of the new flightpaths, known as STARs (standard instrument ­arrivals) and SIDs (standard instrument departures), is ongoing.

In July, Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister Michael McCormack requested Airservices to allow pilots to make visual approaches to Hobart. This would allow pilots to deviate from the new flightpaths when they believe a visual approach was safe, quicker and easier, such as in good weather. It would also reduce noise pollution for affected communities.

Mr McCormack wrote to community group South East Coast Lifestyle Association on July 23 confirming that visual approaches would be allowed, with “the ­potential to reduce the number of flights flying overhead for some communities”.

However, residents report ­little or no change and do not believe Airservices is genuinely ­offering visual approaches, available before standardised flightpaths were introduced in September 2017.

In response to questions from the Aircraft Noise Ombudsman in November last year, Air­services confirmed the reactivation of a ground navigation beacon, temporarily removed during runway extensions, could “facilitate alternative approaches including visual approaches”.

But the response, released under Freedom of Information laws, suggests Airservices has no intention of doing so because it would be an abandonment of the new flightpaths design. “Air­services will not roll back SIDs and STARs because these provide safety improvements,” it said.

This is despite Airservices’ “post-implementation” report into the new flightpaths recommending reinstating the beacon and visual approaches to reduce risks to an “acceptable level”.

This is because not all aircraft are equipped to use the new ­satellite guidance needed to fly SIDs and STARs.

“It looks like Airservices is willing to sacrifice safety and ­efficiency in Hobart to shore up its one-size-fits-all bureaucratic agenda,” a spokesman for the lifestyle association said.

Airservices said pilots could request a visual approach to Hobart “provided certain safety conditions are met” and that the beacon was an “unrelated issue”.

However, residents believe that without the beacon, the new flightpaths are too inflexible to allow visual approaches in all but a few cases. It is understood pilots have been denied permission to fly visual approaches.
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Not sure where Matty Denholm cribbed that pic of our NFI DPM and miniscule McDo'Naught but can anyone else now see the resemblance to Muppet Norman (Mc)Ram...anyone???  Big Grin

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Hint - it's all in the eyes...P2 Tongue

can anyone else now see the resemblance to Muppet Norman (Mc)Ram...anyone???

Herr Miniscule also looks like one of the Thunderbirds. Mind you, the article says 8G wrote to the local residents whinges association. I didn’t think Muppets or cardboard cutouts could write? Either way, just looking at him makes me want to fall asleep. Watching paint dry or grass grow in the backyard in ‘real time’ is more stimulating. Then again, at least his skin appears to be moist and smooth, unlike the previous Freddy Krueger’s Truss and Joyce!
Things that (almost) go bump in the night -  Huh



The ATSB is investigating a loss of separation involving a Virgin Australia Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft, registered VH-YFW, and a Qantas Airways Boeing 737 aircraft, registered VH-VZD, near Amberley, Queensland, on 11 October 2018.

The controller issued a weather diversion and approach clearance to the inbound Boeing 737, which resulted in a loss of separation with the departing Boeing 737.

As part of the investigation the ATSB will conduct interviews and gather additional information.
A report will be published at the completion of the investigation. However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.

And via Ironsider in the Oz today:

Quote:Twin inquiries into close call
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Dual investigations are under way into why Qantas and Virgin Australia aircraft came dangerously close over Brisbane last week.

Dual investigations are under way into why Qantas and Virgin Australia planes came dangerously close in bad weather over Brisbane last week.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, a Qantas 737 was flying into Brisbane from Melbourne on Thursday afternoon, as a Virgin Australia 737 ­departed Brisbane for Proserpine in north Queensland.

Over Amberley, about 66km from Brisbane Airport, the air traffic controller issued a weather ­diversion and approach clearance to the Qantas aircraft, resulting in a loss of separation with the ­departing Virgin flight.

Under Australian airspace regulations, aircraft flying in controlled airspace up to 8800m must maintain a vertical separation of at least 305m, or a horizontal separation of 9.26km.

The Australian understands that at the time of the incident, both the Qantas and Virgin Australia aircraft were following ATC directions.

Loss of separation incidents are not unusual in controlled airspace, with about one every three days, but investigations are limited to those where there is an elevated risk of collision.

As part of its investigation, the ATSB said it would conduct interviews and gather additional information. If a critical safety issue was identified during the investigation, the ATSB would immediately ­notify relevant parties.

Airservices Australia is also investigating the incident due to the involvement of air traffic controllers. The investigations were flagged as Airservices released its annual report citing “zero significant safety occurrences” in the 2018 financial year.

The government-owned authority also announced a $74.5 million net profit, up from $59m the previous year, and reaffirmed its commitment to hold prices at 2015 levels until 2023.

Although the number of people employed by Airservices fell from 3711 to 3534, air traffic controllers increased by 30, to 1067 across 29 airports.

An Airservices Australia spokeswoman said a national recruitment program was in place to ensure an “adequate supply of controllers at all our locations”.

She said each year, more than 50 new recruits were selected and then placed in locations across the country.

“For example, eight new air traffic controllers have joined the Sydney tower in the last 18 months,” she said.

Staffing of the towers has ­recently been in the spotlight following the cancellation of dozens of flights from Sydney when two controllers called in sick on the last day of school holidays.

President of Civil Air Australia, Tom McRobert, said just like ­pilots, controllers were in short supply worldwide.

“The Middle East and places like Hong Kong have a very significant shortage and it takes time to recruit and train air traffic controllers,” he said.

“We have lost some ­people overseas, and when ATC (air ­traffic control) was taken off the 457 visa list, that created ­issues for some international ­recruits.”

The Airservices spokeswoman denied it was understaffed.

TICK...TOCK miniscule 8G, TICK...TOCK indeed -  Dodgy

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