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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

HMAS Albatross

Community Notice


Currambene Creek
On 7 May 2018, as a precautionary measure, the NSW Government recommended that people who frequently catch fish from Currambene Creek limit their weekly intake of certain species.

This precautionary advice was informed by the sampling undertaken by Defence as part of the HMAS Albatross PFAS Environmental Investigation.

Visit the NSW EPA Website for further information.

Shoalhaven River
The NSW Government has also released precautionary dietary advice for five fish species caught in the Shoalhaven River, after testing found elevated PFAS levels in these species.

Visit the NSW EPA Website for further information.

HMAS Albatross

PFAS Investigation & Management

HMAS Albatross
In June 2018, Defence completed a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of PFAS on and in the vicinity of HMAS Albatross.

All findings of the investigation are available on the publications page, including detailed reports and factsheets.

Defence has used the findings of the investigation to develop a PFAS Management Area Plan. This plan informs the activities Defence will undertake to manage, monitor and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure on, and around, the Base.

Investigation Timeline

More information about the investigation stages is available on the investigation and management process page.


PFAS Management Area Plan

Published
July 2019

The PFAS Management Area Plan informs the activities Defence will undertake to manage, monitor and reduce potential risks of PFAS exposure on, and around, the Base.

The PFAS Management Area Plan informs the activities Defence will undertake to manage, monitor and reduce potential risks of PFAS exposure on, and around, the Base.


Human Health & Ecological Risk Assessment - Addendum

Complete
June 2018

The initial Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment recommended additional biota sampling be conducted on-Base as well as in the Shoalhaven River and Currambene Creek.

The initial Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment recommended additional biota sampling be conducted on-Base as well as in the Shoalhaven River and Currambene Creek.


Human Health & Ecological Risk Assessment

Complete
Nov 2017

The purpose of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to people and the environment, within the Investigation Area.

The purpose of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to people and the environment, within the Investigation Area.


Detailed Site Investigation

Complete
Nov 2017

The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater, to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment.

The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment.


Preliminary Site Investigation

Complete
Sep 2016

The Preliminary Site Investigation involved a review of the historical use of firefighting foams on-Base to identify potenital sources of PFAS contamination.

The Preliminary Site Investigation involved a review of the historical use of firefighting foams on-Base to identify potenital sources of PFAS contamination.