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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Richmond

RAAF Base Richmond PFAS Investigation


Summary of the Investigation

In May 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base Richmond.

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 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. The DSI involved sampling on-base and in the surrounding region. A detailed report has been shared with relevant government and regulatory bodies as well as the community. A copy of the report can be downloaded from the publications page.

Human Health Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Assessment
In response to the findings of the DSI, Defence has commenced a Human Health Risk Assessment (HHRA) and Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA). The HHRA and ERA will evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals and will be used to inform potential actions to reduce PFAS exposure.
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.