skip to navigation skip to content skip to footer

PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Jervis Bay Range Facility

Jervis Bay Range Facility

PFAS Investigation & Management

Jervis Bay Range Facility
In January 2017, Defence commenced a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of Jervis Bay Range Facility.

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.

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

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.

Investigation Timeline

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


PFAS Management Area Plan

Expected
First-Quarter 2020

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.


Ecological Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Expected
First-Quarter 2020

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

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


Interim Ecological Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Jul 2019

The purpose of the Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to plants and animals, within the Investigation Area. This report was provided as an Interim Ecological Risk Assessment, pending review from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.

The purpose of the Ecological Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to plants and animals, within the Investigation Area. This report was provided as an Interim Ecological Risk Assessment, pending review from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.


Human Health Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Jul 2019

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

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


Detailed Site Investigation
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Jul 2019

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.


Interim Human Health Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Dec 2018

The purpose of the Human Health Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to people, within the Investigation Area. This report was provided as an Interim Ecological Risk Assessment, pending review from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.

The purpose of the Human Health Risk Assessment is to evaluate potential exposure-risks to people, within the Investigation Area. This report was provided as an Interim Ecological Risk Assessment, pending review from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.


Interim Detailed Site Investigation
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Dec 2018

The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater, to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment. This report was provided as an Interim Ecological Risk Assessment, pending review from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.

The Detailed Site Investigation involved sampling of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater to better understand how PFAS moves through the environment. This report was provided as an Interim Ecological Risk Assessment, pending review from the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community.


Preliminary Sampling Program
Pre-investigation sampling

Complete
Sep 2016

The Preliminary Sampling Program was undertaken at 12 Defence sites, including Jervis Bay Range Facility. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations. The detail of the PSP findings at Jervis Bay enabled this site to progress directly to a Detailed Site Investigation.

The Preliminary Sampling Program was undertaken at 12 Defence sites, including Jervis Bay Range Facility. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations. The detail of the PSP findings at Jervis Bay enabled this site to progress directly to a Detailed Site Investigation.