Bathurst Regional Council is working closely with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPS) following testing that indicated the presence of per- and poly- fluoralkyl substances (PSAS) in some soil and water on Council land at Bathurst Airport.
PFAS was historically used in firefighting foam worldwide, including in foams used at the airport until 1998.
Following the results of initial testing Council will engage a consultant to assess if PFAS is present offsite, including on nearby properties. Council hopes to appoint a consultant to undertake the detailed testing required, by the end of the year.
For more information on the Bathurst Airport – PFAS investigation click here
To read the media release issued by Bathurst Regional Council click here
For more information on PFAS http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/community-engagement/pfas-investigation-program
A factsheet providing more information on PFAS and human health is available from the Commonwealth Department of Human Health website at www.health.gov.au