RAAF Williams (Laverton) PFAS Investigation
Summary of the Investigation
Note: This investigation relates to RAAF Williams (Laverton). It does not extend to RAAF Base Point Cook.
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 InvestigationThe findings from the investigations will be used to identify and prioritise site specific management actions to address PFAS contamination.
The Preliminary Site Investigation has been completed. This stage involved:
Detailed Site Investigation
- Obtaining, reviewing and consolidating existing reports and information,
- Interviews with Defence personnel,
- Site inspections, and
- Limited soil, groundwater, surface water and sediment sampling.
The Detailed Site Investigation will soon commence 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.
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.