Management of PFAS
Perth Airport is working closely with a range of Government agencies, including the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Airservices Australia and various WA State regulators in relation to PFAS management.
What are PFASs?
How is Perth Airport Managing PFASs on the estate?
Airservices Australia has completed a Preliminary Site Investigation (PSI) with limited sampling for PFAS contamination at Perth Airport to better understand the potential impacts from previous use of AFFF. The results of the investigation indicate the presence of PFAS in soil, surface water and groundwater at the airport. PFAS levels detected in soil samples were below the human health guideline values. PFAS was detected in surface water and groundwater above human and environmental health guidance values. ASA has provided a factsheet with regards to fire fighting foam at Perth Airport which includes information on the next steps being implemented by ASA and sources of additional information.
To ensure appropriate management of PFAS, Perth Airport supports the following activities:
- A primary investigation and management of ARFF legacy issues by Airservices;
- Development of appropriate regulations and guidance by the Department of Industry and Regional Development and other regulators;
- Implementation of additional controls and management measures as part of construction works in consultation with state regulators to manage PFAS; and
- Appropriate risk review and management actions by operators on the airport estate.
Further information about PFASs
- Airservices Australia management of PFAS
- Commonwealth Department of Heath Guidance
- WA Department of Health PFAS information
- WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation information
- PFAS National Environmental Management Plan