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PFAS Investigation &
Management Program

Wide Bay Training Area

Wide Bay Training Area

PFAS Investigation & Management

Wide Bay Map
In September 2020, Defence completed a detailed environmental investigation into the presence of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on and in the vicinity of Wide Bay Training Area.

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

Investigation Timeline

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


PFAS Management Area Plan

Complete
Sep 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.


Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment

Not required

Due to the limited nature and extent of PFAS contamination, exposure risks were all assessed as low and a detailed Human Health & Ecological Risk Assessment was not required.

Due to the limited nature and extent of PFAS contamination, exposure risks were all assessed as low and a detailed Human Health & Ecological Risk Assessment was not required.


Detailed Site Investigation

Complete
July 2020

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
Nov 2018

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.