After paying a visit to Oakey, Queensland and witnessing the water pollution there, environmental activist Erin Brockovich has revealed that it's the worst case she's ever seen.
Oakey is a regional town in Queensland, west of Brisbane, and has experienced poisoning in their water from firefighting foam that has been used by the Defence Force for years.
Erin Brockovich spoke to The Courier-Mail about the seriousness of the pollution, and how important it was for the government to take action.
“These are toxic compounds that can wreak havoc with your health, and once they’re in you, they won’t leave,” she said.
“People (in Oakey) are sick, they have been harmed, and their property values have been degraded.”
She said the best way for people to fight back was to come together and be heard by the authorities.
“People need to get blood tests and arm themselves with information to make choices for their families,” she said.
“The Government’s job is to listen to these people and to let them know they’re not going to be ignored.
“This is going to blow up pretty quickly, but before we see a potential health crisis, we need to wrap our arms around this.”
She was horrified by cases in Oakey of four-year-old children who had blood levels ten times higher than that of an average person.
The investigation continues.