2017 – Westleigh NSW Rural Fire Service (New South Wales) – PFAS


NSW Rural Fire Services (RFS) has investigated the presence of per-and-poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination stemming from the historical use of fire-fighting foams at the Westleigh training site, which is owned by Hornsby Shire Council.

PFAS was detected in low quantities in soil, surface and groundwater samples.

Residents of Westleigh do not need to take any additional precautions to limit their exposure to PFAS and investigations have now concluded. As a precaution, RFS has voluntarily removed a 10 m x 25 m x 0.3 m section of soil from the north-east of the site. The excavated soil was sent to landfill, in accordance with NSW Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) waste classification guidelines.

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