2017 – Mines Rescue Service, Singleton Heights (New South Wales) – PFAS

Singleton Heights Mines Rescue Services

Mines Rescue Services (MRS) is investigating potential per-and-poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at its Singleton Heights site.

Investigations have found PFAS in soil, surface and groundwater both on and offsite at the Singleton Heights site. The detection of PFAS is not unexpected given the past use of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foams at the site. PFAS has also been used in many domestic and industrial products and background levels may be present from these other sources.

MRS is speaking with residents of the surrounding properties whose properties may be impacted to understand if there are any exposure pathways, such as drinking contaminated ground water or consuming food products watered with contaminated ground water. Due to properties being connected to reticulated water (town water), exposure to PFAS is considered to be limited.

MRS is conducting further testing to determine whether there are any potential impacts for the local community. The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and MRS will keep the local community informed of any developments.