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Wongarbon Rural Fire Brigade

What is the situation at Wongarbon Rural Fire Station?

PFAS investigations have commenced at the Wongarbon Rural Fire Station at 40 Derribong Street, Wongarbon, NSW, 2831.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (NSW EPA) is leading the NSW PFAS investigation program and is monitoring the progress of NSW RFS (RFS) PFAS investigations at the Wongarbon Rural Fire Station.

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.

RFS identified PFAS-containing firefighting foam might have been stored or used as part of fire training and operations at this location. As a precaution, the RFS is undertaking investigations to determine if PFAS from firefighting foam might still be present in the environment.

The presence of PFAS in the environment may not necessarily pose a risk to human health or the environment. There is currently no consistent evidence that exposure to PFOS and PFOA causes adverse human health effects (refer to NSW Health Site). It is important to assess if there are any potential ways in which people might have contact with these chemicals. The primary PFAS exposure pathways are through drinking water containing PFAS, or eating produce that was grown using water containing PFAS.

What testing is being undertaken?

Detailed Site Investigation sampling, completed in March 2023 by independent environmental consultants on behalf of RFS, included soil and concrete from various locations on site.

What were the results?

Sampling has confirmed the presence of PFAS in soil samples.

What happens now?

RFS and NSW EPA have reviewed the Detailed Site Investigation Report to determine next investigation steps, which include further sampling on and off-site to close identified investigation data gaps.

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Information updated March 2024