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.
More information about the investigation stages is available on the investigation process page.
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 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 Interim Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment was to provide interim guidance regarding exposure-risks associated with a number pathways and activities.
The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment.
The Preliminary Site Investigation involved a review of the historical use of firefighting foams on-Base to identify potenital sources of PFAS contamination.