Richmond RAAF Base
The Department of Defence has undertaken detailed investigations into PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at RAAF Base Richmond.
The results have identified that in certain areas, there is the potential for people to be exposed to PFAS through the consumption of home grown produce which was grown in contaminated soils, or where contaminated groundwater or surface water is being used.
The NSW PFAS Taskforce has analysed the results from the Hawkesbury fish sampling and has determined that the community does not need to take additional precautions to reduce their exposure to PFAS.
The EPA has requested that additional work be undertaken for the investigation and will provide further information as it becomes available.
Although the NSW Government does not regulate Defence sites, they have agreed to conduct investigations in a manner that is consistent with the EPA’s requirements.
The NSW Government is committed to working closely with all relevant government agencies, to closely monitor the progress of the investigation, and to keep the community informed. Agencies include the Department of Defence, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), NSW Health, and NSW Food Authority.