In May 2016, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the nature and extent of PFAS on and around RAAF Base East Sale.
Currently, Defence is in the process of conducting a Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) and a Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment (HHERA) as part of the environmental investigation.
On 28 September 2017 Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) recommended that recreational fish and game hunters do not consume fish, eels or ducks caught at the Heart Morass wetlands until the release of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment which is currently being developed.
People who have eaten fish, eels or ducks are not considered to be at risk of any adverse health effects.
This precautionary advice was issued following preliminary testing of per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels in plants and animals undertaken by Defence near RAAF Base East Sale.
Visit the VIC EPA Website for further information.