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RAAF Williams (Laverton)

RAAF Williams (Laverton) PFAS Investigation

Summary of the Investigation

RAAF Williams (Laverton)

Note: This investigation relates to RAAF Williams (Laverton). It does not extend to RAAF Base Point Cook.

In 2017, Defence conducted a Preliminary Site Investigation into the use and storage of legacy firefighting foam at RAAF Williams (Laverton). The findings of the Preliminary Site Investigation are available on the publications page. Based on the findings of Preliminary Site Investigation, it was determined that a detailed environmental investigation is required to further assess the nature and extent of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at and surrounding RAAF Williams (Laverton).

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
A Preliminary Site Investigation has been completed and involved the historical review of legacy firefighting use and storage to identify where and when the foam was used (sources), how PFAS moves in the environment (migration pathways) and people, animals and the environment that may be exposed to PFAS (receptors). The Preliminary Site Investigation Report is available on the publications page.

Detailed Site Investigation
The Detailed Site Investigation has commenced and will involve sampling on-base and in the surrounding region. A detailed report will be prepared and shared with relevant government and regulatory bodies as well as the community.

Human Health Risk Assessment and/or Ecological Risk Assessment
The Detailed Site Investigation findings will be used to inform the requirement to conduct a Human Health Risk Assessment and/or Ecological Risk Assessment. If required, the assessments 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.