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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Amberley

Precautionary Advice on Fish Consumption


On 8 March 2019, expanded precautionary fish advice was issued based on further sampling outside of the Investigation Area.

The advice not to consume fish caught in the Bremer River and Warrill Creek near RAAF Base Amberley was expanded to apply downstream to the Cribb Park area.

Further information is available in the Defence media release here.

RAAF Base Amberley

PFAS Investigation & Management

In March 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 Amberley.

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.

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

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.

Investigation Timeline

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


PFAS Management Area Plan

Expected
First Quarter 2020

Based on the findings of the investigation, the PMAP will recommend actions to manage and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure, where required.

Based on the findings of the investigation, the PMAP will recommend actions to manage and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure, where required.


Ecological Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Expected
First Quarter 2020

The purpose of the Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to plants and animals within the Investigation Area.

The purpose of the Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to plants and animals within the Investigation Area.


Human Health Risk Assessment - Addendum
Detailed environmental investigation

Expected
First Quarter 2020

This addendum will involve sampling of fruit, vegetables and garden soil to assess potential PFAS exposure risks at a selection of private properties in the extended Investigation Area.

This addendum will involve sampling of fruit, vegetables and garden soil to assess potential PFAS exposure risks at a selection of private properties in the extended Investigation Area.


Human Health Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Aug 2019

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

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


Detailed Site Investigation
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Oct 2018

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
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
May 2017

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.


Preliminary Sampling Program
Pre-investigation sampling

Complete
Sep 2016

The Preliminary Sampling Program was undertaken at 12 Defence sites, including RAAF Base Amberley. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations.

The Preliminary Sampling Program was undertaken at 12 Defence sites, including RAAF Base Amberley. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations.