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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

HMAS Albatross

HMAS Albatross PFAS Investigation

Summary of the Investigation

In May 2016, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of HMAS Albatross.

The objective of this environmental investigation is to identify the nature and extent of PFAS in the environment from the use of legacy fire-fighting foam at the Base.

There are three main stages to the investigation:

Preliminary Site Investigation
The first stage of the investigation, the Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI), has been completed.

Detailed Site Investigation
The Detailed Site Investigation (DSI) has been completed and involved sampling on-base and in the surrounding region.

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Based on the initial findings conducted for the DSI, Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments (HHERA) has been conducted. The HHERA evaluated potential risks to the human population and ecology, and informed actions to mitigate risks. The HHERA was completed in November 2017. The HHERA findings can be found in the HHERA Report.

Based on the outcomes of the HHERA, Defence is currently working on an Addendum to the HHERA to clarify and seek additional information. The Addendum to the HHERA is expected to be complete by mid-2018.

Next steps
A Strategic Management Plan will be developed to manage potential PFAS exposure to human health and the environment posed by the legacy PFAS contamination both on-base and off-base.
Further information on the investigation process can be found at the investigation process page.

The findings from the investigations will be used to identify and prioritise site specific management actions to address PFAS contamination.

Defence is committed to regularly updating the community throughout the investigation. As well as community information sessions, updates are provided through the project website, direct mail and information sheets as new information becomes available.