HMAS Albatross PFAS Investigation
Summary of the Investigation
The objective of this environmental investigation is to identify the nature and extent of PFAS in the environment from the use of legacy firefighting foam at the Base.
There are three main stages to the investigation:
Preliminary Site InvestigationFurther information on the investigation process can be found at the investigation process page.
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 exposure pathways to people, plants and animals, 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.
A PFAS Management Area 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.
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 engagement events, updates are provided through the project website, newsletters and factsheets as new information becomes available.
On 7 May 2018, as a precautionary measure, the NSW Government recommended that people who frequently catch fish from Currambene Creek limit their weekly intake of certain species.
This precautionary advice was informed by the sampling undertaken by Defence as part of the HMAS Albatross PFAS Environmental Investigation.
Visit the NSW EPA Website for further information.