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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Wagga

RAAF Base Wagga PFAS Investigation

Summary of the Investigation

In May 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation to identify the nature and extent of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on, and in the vicinity of, RAAF Base Wagga.

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 second stage of the investigation, the Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), commenced in September 2017. Once the DSI is complete, a detailed report including the sampling results will be prepared and provided to relevant government agencies, regulatory bodies and the local community. The DSI report is expected to be completed by mid-2018.

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Based on the initial findings of the DSI, a Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment (HHERA) will be conducted. The HHERA will evaluate potential risks to the human population and ecology and inform actions to mitigate risks.
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.