Fluoro-surfactants and hydrocarbons are priority pollutants that cover a wide range of physico-chemical properties. Their extensive past use at firefighting training grounds has resulted in costly remediation worldwide. Risk based decision making requires understanding the fate of persistent fluoro-surfactants from point sources, and their role in facilitating transport of non-polar chemicals such as hydrocarbons. This collaboration between environmental chemists, hydrologists, affected industry and regulators aims to develop a model and parameters that describe transport and co-transport of these chemicals at coastal airports. The outcomes will form the basis for effective risk management and intervention strategies.

Project members

Prof Jochen Mueller

Theme Leader, Emerging Environmental Health Risks