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Environment Protection Authority

UPDATE on Fire and Rescue NSW PFAS investigations

Media release: 28 April 2017

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has reviewed data from Fire and Rescue NSW’s (FRNSW) PFAS* investigations at Armidale, Albion Park and Deniliquin fire-fighting training facilities, and has requested more detailed investigations are now undertaken.

To assist with the investigation into the nature and extent of PFAS contamination at each site, the EPA and FRNSW are conducting a water use survey with individual landowners around each site to identify ways they may have come into contact with PFAS.

The water use survey includes questions around whether landowners use bore or dam water at their property. This will help to determine if any advice is needed for individual landowners, to help them to reduce or eliminate their exposure to PFAS, while further investigations are completed.

The EPA and FRNSW are working to provide meaningful results to the community about any contamination in their area, and to ensure that the community receives information in a timely manner.

The EPA will continue to work collaboratively with FRNSW to ensure an appropriate and risk-based approach is adopted throughout the investigations and in any subsequent clean-up of the sites.

For more information on the state-wide PFAS investigation program go to www.epa.nsw.gov.au/MediaInformation/pfasinvestigation.htm.

* Per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals that include perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS). As they have heat, water and stain repelling properties, PFAS have been widely used in a range of industrial and consumer products both in Australia and internationally, including in fire retardants, water proofing, food preparation, food packaging, furnishings, clothing and recreational equipment.

Contact: EPA Public Affairs

Page last updated: 28 April 2017