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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Jervis Bay Range Facility

Jervis Bay Range Facility PFAS Investigation


Summary of the Investigation

Jervis Bay Range Facility
In January 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of Jervis Bay Range Facility.

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.

The three stages to the investigation are outlined below:

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

Detailed Site Investigation
The second stage of the investigation, the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), is now complete. This stage involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water (land and creeks) and groundwater to collect information and better understand how PFAS moves through the local environment.

The Final Detailed Site Investigation Report is available on the publications page.

Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Assessment
Based on the findings of the investigation, a Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) was undertaken and an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) is underway.

These reports will evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals. The findings will be used to inform potential actions to reduce PFAS exposure.

The final HHRA report and an Interim ERA are available on the publications page.
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 engagement events, updates are provided through the project website, newsletters and factsheets as new information becomes available.