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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Bandiana Military Area

Fish Consumption Advice


On 18 December 2020 Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria updated its advice about fish consumption to include carp caught in the Kiewa River, between Bakers Lane and the Cudgewa- Wodonga Rail Trail, inclusive of the flood plain area bound by Bakers Lane and the Murray Valley Highway.

This consumption advice was issued following testing of PFAS levels in plants and animals undertaken by Defence near Bandiana Military Area.

People who have eaten carp are not considered to be at risk of any adverse health effects.

For further information about the consumption advice for recreationally caught fish visit the EPA Victoria website, or call 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC).

Bandiana Military Area

PFAS Investigation & Management

Bandiana Military Area
In November 2020, Defence completed a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of the Bandiana Military Area.

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

Complete
November 2020

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

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


Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
November 2020

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

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


Detailed Site Investigation
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Sep 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
Aug 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 Bandiana Military Area. 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 Bandiana Military Area. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations.