Bandiana Military Area PFAS Investigation
Summary of the Investigation
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.
The three stages to the investigation are outlined below:
Preliminary Site InvestigationFurther information on the investigation process can be found at the investigation process page.
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 mid 2017 and has now been completed. A detailed report has been finalised and is available on the publications page.
Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Based on the initial findings of the DSI, a Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment (HHERA) is being conducted. The HHERA will evaluate potential exposure pathways to people, plants and animals and will be used to inform actions to reduce PFAS exposure, if required.
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.
Wodonga Town Water Testing
On 17 September, North East Water issued a media release to confirm that the Wodonga drinking water supply is safe to drink. This advice is based on the results of sampling undertaken by North East Water in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sampling showed no levels of concern, with PFAS detections well below the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines.
Visit the North East Water Website for further information.