2017 – Camden Airport (New South Wales) – PFAS

Camden Airport


Sydney Metro Airports (SMA) is investigating per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at Camden Airport.

Historic information suggested that no PFAS firefighting foams had been used at Camden Airport, however as a precaution, SMA conducted surface water sampling in drainage channels at the airport. This was to confirm the accuracy of the historic data, and identify whether PFAS were present onsite.

PFAS were detected at two locations in one drainage channel at the airport, and investigations at the site are ongoing.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will continue to engage with SMA to provide support where possible, and ensure an appropriate risk-based approach is adopted throughout the investigations.

The EPA is leading the NSW Government response to PFAS and will provide further information on the Camden Airport investigations as it becomes available.