Hoxton Park RFS
What is the situation at Hoxton Park?
PFAS investigations are continuing at the Hoxton Park RFS at 8-10 First Avenue, Hoxton Park. The facility is no longer used for operational purposes.
Why is PFAS being investigated?
Foam containing PFAS was used in firefighting activities, such as fuel type fires and training, by some Rural Fire Brigades since 1975 for the protection of people and property.
What testing is being undertaken?
Investigations involve sampling of soil and groundwater on-site. NSW RFS also sought the assistance of some residents near the Hoxton Park facility regarding the completion of a water use survey and off-site soil and home-grown produce sampling.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is leading the NSW PFAS investigation program and is monitoring the progress of NSW RFS PFAS investigations at the Hoxton Park site.
What were the results?
The presence PFAS in the environment may not necessarily pose a risk to human health or the environment. It is important to assess if there are any potential ways in which people might come into contact with these chemicals. The primary PFAS exposure pathways are through:
- drinking water containing PFAS, and/or
- ingestion of produce that was grown in PFAS affected soil, or irrigated with water containing PFAS.
Hoxton Park residents are connected to the town water supply which is safe to use.
Preliminary investigations by independent environmental consultants confirmed the presence of some PFAS. On-site soil samples at the former RFS site were within the nationally adopted PFAS soil criteria for open space (PFAS NEMP 2018). Off-site soil samples near the former RFS facility were under the nationally adopted PFAS criteria applicable to residential properties with garden/accessible soil (PFAS NEMP 2018).
A Detailed Site Investigation is ongoing which will involve further off-site soil, groundwater and produce sampling. The results will help to determine if any site improvement actions are required and if any precautionary advice is needed for residents and community.
More information will be provided once sampling has been completed and the results become available. Investigations can take some months to complete.
- Read more about the NSW EPA state-wide PFAS program.
- Questions about the NSW EPA’s state-wide PFAS investigation program can be directed to the NSW Environment Line on 131 555.
- NSW Health has a range of information available about PFAS.
- The Commonwealth Department of Health's Expert Health Panel provided advice on the health impacts of PFAS (May 2018). While there is no consistent evidence of any human health effects related to PFAS exposure, the NSWPFAS Taskforce is taking a precautionary approach to protecting human health.
- You can read more about what the NSW RFS is doing by monitoring this site.
Our commitment to you
We will work to keep you up to date on investigations.
You can register for updates or ask questions by emailing email@example.com or contact Debra Thompson, NSW RFS on 02 8508 4040.
Information updated 31 January 2020.