PFAS contamination at RAAF Base Richmond investigation: Community briefing on findings

The effect of the use in the past of firefighting foams on the surrounding environment is currently under detailed investigation. Picture: Geoff Jones
The effect of the use in the past of firefighting foams on the surrounding environment is currently under detailed investigation. Picture: Geoff Jones

THE Department of Defence is hosting a community walk-in session on RAAF Base Richmond’s PFAS Investigation and Management Program.

The session will provide residents and business-owners with an opportunity to discuss the detailed environmental investigation into per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at RAAF Base Richmond and nearby areas.

The objective of the investigation – which commenced in May 2017 – is to identify the nature and extent of PFAS in the environment from the use of legacy firefighting foam at the Base. 

At this session, the Richmond Environmental Investigation Project Team will be discussing the investigation findings and community members will have the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one with Defence and representatives from other government departments.

Community members will also be able to obtain information about the next steps in the investigation, including the preparation of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment.

The session is scheduled for Thursday, June 14 from 1pm until 7pm. Presentations will be provided at 2pm and 5pm, but residents can visit any time during the session.

It will take place in Hawkesbury Central Library’s Stan Stevens Studio, based at 300 George Street, Windsor. Light refreshments will be provided and all are welcome.

Please RSVP to the RAAF Base Richmond Project Team on 1800 789 291 or richmond.defence@aecom.com.

For information about the environmental investigation, go to defence.gov.au/environment/pfas/richmond.