What is the situation at Singleton?
PFAS investigations have commenced at five locations in the Singleton area:
Why is PFAS being investigated?
NSW RFS identified PFAS-containing firefighting foam might have been stored or used as part of fire training, or used in public firefighting demonstrations at these locations. As a precaution NSW RFS is undertaking investigations to determine if PFAS from firefighting foam might still be present in the environment.
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 have contact with these chemicals.
What testing is being undertaken?
The investigation involves sampling of soil, groundwater, surface water and/or sediment which is being conducted by independent environmental consultants on behalf of NSW RFS. Some neighbouring residents may be asked to complete a water use survey as part of the investigation.
The samples will be subject to laboratory analysis and results can take several weeks to become available. The information collected will determine if any site improvement works and/or advice for residents and community might be required.
What were the results?
Information will be provided once sampling has been completed and results become available.
- 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 NSW PFAS 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.
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Information updated 13 March 2019