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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base East Sale

Community Notice


On 2 August 2018 Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) updated its advice about fish consumption from the Heart Morass area to include the Latrobe River in East Gippsland.

People who have eaten fish, eels or ducks are not considered to be at risk of any adverse health effects.

This precautionary advice was issued following testing of PFAS levels in plants and animals undertaken by Defence near RAAF Base East Sale.

Visit the VIC EPA Website for further information.

RAAF Base East Sale

PFAS Investigation & Management

RAAF Base East Sale
In August 2018, Defence completed a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base East Sale.

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

A PFAS Management Area Plan has been developed based on the findings of the environmental investigation.

Potential management activities will be guided by the options presented in the Plan and informed by ongoing monitoring. The focus of management activities will be to reduce PFAS migration and mitigate the exposure risks identified in the detailed environmental investigation. The Plan is available on the publications page.

Investigation Timeline

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


PFAS Management Area Plan

Published
Aug 2018

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

Complete
Aug 2018

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.


Interim Human Health & Ecological Risk Assessment

Complete
Nov 2017

The purpose of the Interim Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment was to provide interim guidance regarding exposure-risks associated with a number pathways and activities.

The purpose of the Interim Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment was to provide interim guidance regarding exposure-risks associated with a number pathways and activities.


Detailed Site Investigation

Complete
June 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
Oct 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.