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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

RAAF Base Townsville

RAAF Base Townsville

PFAS Investigation & Management

RAAF Base Townsville
In December 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 Townsville.

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.

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.



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 Townsville 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

Complete
Dec 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.


Ecological Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Dec 2019

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.


Seasonal Monitoring
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Dec 2019

The purpose of seasonal monitoring is to provide a better understanding of the movement of PFAS within the Investigation Area during wet and dry periods and following significant rain events.

The purpose of seasonal monitoring is to provide a better understanding of the movement of PFAS within the Investigation Area during wet and dry periods and following significant rain events.


Human Health Risk Assessment
Detailed environmental investigation

Complete
Oct 2018

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
Jun 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 RAAF Base Townsville. 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 RAAF Base Townsville. Based on the findings of this program, the 12 sites involved progressed to Detailed Environmental Investigations.