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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Edinburgh

RAAF Base Edinburgh

PFAS Investigation & Management

In August 2019, Defence completed a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of RAAF Base Edinburgh.

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 will inform the activities Defence will undertake to manage, monitor and reduce the risks of PFAS exposure on, and around, the Base.



Federal Court of Australia Group Member Notice

The Federal Court of Australia has approved a group member notice relating to the PFAS class action in the Edinburgh area. Click here to view the notice.

Investigation Timeline

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


PFAS Management Area Plan

Published
Aug 2019

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 2019

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.


Detailed Site Investigation - Addendum

Complete
Aug 2019

The Addendum to the Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of groundwater, to better understand how PFAS moves through quanternary aquifers.

The Addendum to the Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of groundwater, to better understand how PFAS moves through quanternary aquifers.


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.