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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Edinburgh Management Activities

Edinburgh Management Activities

Soil Treatment Plant

Foundations of the soil treatment plant
Soil treatment plant during commissioning

Defence has engaged Ventia Utility Services to operate and maintain a trial PFAS Soil Treatment Plant at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

The four month trial will treat 2,500 tonnes of soil from an area with known elevated levels of PFAS. If successful, the plant may continue to be used to remediate soil at RAAF Base Edinburgh and the technology may be applied at other Defence sites. The results of the trial will be available in the third quarter of 2019.

Under the trial, the plant will work by washing the contaminated soil in a solution which removes the PFAS, before the waste is
sent off-site for management or destruction. The treated soil will be suitable for reuse on-site.

The plant has been constructed and is currently undergoing commissioning. The commissioning process is expected to be complete in second quarter 2019.

Defence will provide further information as the planning and installation progresses.