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Oakey contamination review to be revealed

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Stuart Layt

The department of defence is set to hand down its the findings on the effect of firefighting foam on local soil and groundwater in the Queensland town of Oakey.

An aviation base near the small town in the Darling Downs has been one of the defence sites around the country which has been affected by the toxic foam which has leached into the ground and water.

The department's Oakey Preliminary Ecological Risk Assessment will be delivered in the town on Wednesday morning.

It was tasked with assessing the potential for adverse effects to occur in wildlife coming into contact with contaminated soil or water, or eating plants or animals that have been exposed to contaminated soil or water.

The assessment comes as a class action lawsuit gathers momentum, with residents of Oakey preparing to sue the Defence Department over the contamination.

Residents are unable to drink their bore water and some farmland is unusable, while property values in the town have plummeted.

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