In July 2018, the Department Of Defence commenced an environmental investigation into the presence of PFAS on and around the Singleton Military area.
For those living near the Singleton Army Base, PFAS is now an issue of concern, with test results confirming PFAS has been found on the base as well as to the north, with some elevated readings in the Doughboy Hollow area.
Council’s Sewer Treatment Plant (STP) is located within the investigation area and receives sewerage from the Army base. Council has conducted independent testing and has liaised with the EPA regarding the results.
The Department of Defence will now undertake a human health risk assessment (HHRA) and an Ecological Risk Assessment to further assess the potential exposure risks, as identified in the detailed site investigation. These risk assessments, as well as a PFAS Management Area Plan are expected to be developed in the first half of 2020.
While this is a Department of Defence issue, Council will continue to liaise with Defence and advocate to them on behalf of our community.