RAAF Base Edinburgh 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 with outcomes provided to the local community in March 2017.
Detailed Site Investigation
The second stage of the investigation, the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), has been completed with outcomes provided to the local community in December 2018. The DSI Report is available on the publications page.
Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Based on the investigation findings to date, Defence has commenced the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment (HHERA) process. The HHERA will evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals and will be used to inform potential actions to reduce PFAS exposure.
Once complete, the findings of the HHERA will be shared with relevant government agencies and the community.
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.