Oakey's blood test results released in new report
A DARLING Downs town in the midst of an underground water contamination crisis will learn what impacts the prolonged use of firefighting foams at a nearby army base have had on residents' health.
The long-awaited Human Health Risk Assessment report will be handed down at a community forum in Oakey on Monday.
The report will detail what chemicals residents have been exposed to as a result of decades of use of the foam at the Oakey Army Aviation Centre.
It will clarify if people have been exposed to the PFOS and PFOA chemicals through the consumption of food produced on the land - food like eggs, beef, pork, and sheep.
The HHRA will also explain the potential health effects and how future exposure can minimised.
The report will release findings of hundreds of blood tests completed on residents and livestock in the town, as well as some vegetation tests, in an effort to identify how it has entered people's blood.
The animal testing had been expected to be released in the earlier Environmental Site Assessment Report but was moved to the HHRA by Defence.
The Department of Defence has called two consultation sessions in Oakey next week when the results of human and animal blood tests are released publicly.
Originally planned for a late-August release, Defence pushed back the report to Monday with the first session planned for 5.30pm at the Oakey Cultural Centre.
It will be followed by two community walk-in sessions the next day.
The HHRA report follows the ESA released last month which revealed the PFOS and PFOA chemicals would remain in the soil for the next 100 years despite any mitigation measures put in place by Defence.
Shine Lawyers principal Peter Shannon, who is heading up a potential class action lawsuit on behalf of at least 50 residents, said the HHRA report would be carefully scrutinised for its transparency and testing methods.
"Obviously we want to have confidence in the report and we will scrutinise how thorough the report is.''