Katherine fishing ban after waterways contaminated with toxic firefighting foam

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Residents warned against drinking water from contaminated bores or Katherine river downstream of Stuart highway

Residents near Katherine have been warned not to eat fish and local produce, after investigations showed waterways and bores had been contaminated with toxic firefighting foam from the local air force base.

The discovery has prompted concerns about the impact on tourism in Katherine and the town’s mayor, Fay Miller, is this week expecting to ask the federal government for marketing assistance to reassure visitors.

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