WARNING: Ground water contamination at RAAF Base Williamtown

RAAF Base Williamtown.
RAAF Base Williamtown.

The Defence department has confirmed ground water contamination around RAAF Base Williamtown.

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Preliminary tests have identified perfluorooctane sulphonate and perfluorooctanoic acid in ground water south of Williamtown RAAF Base and Newcastle Airport. These substances have also been identified in Tilligerry Creek and Fullerton Cove and some aquatic life in these waterways.

Defence is aware that the NSW Government issued a media release today recommending that residents in the affected area avoid drinking bore water, eating fish caught from the Tilligerry Creek or Fullerton Cove or consuming eggs produced on those properties in the area. 

The health and safety of people who reside near our bases and Defence personnel who work, or have worked, at these bases is a high priority for Defence. Despite extensive research, scientific studies into the possible human health impacts are inconclusive.

Anyone with any health related concerns is urged to contact the NSW Department of Health or their local doctor.

The red zone illustrates the areas where precautions for eating fish and eggs from backyard chickens apply.

The red zone illustrates the areas where precautions for eating fish and eggs from backyard chickens apply.

Defence is committed to working with other Federal and State government departments to further investigate the possible human and environmental impacts associated with the historical use of fire-fighting foams known to contain active ingredients of PFOS and PFOA.

Defence continues to monitor its estate and to review its historical practices to identify possible land or groundwater contamination.

Any management and remediation of identified contamination will be risk-based with priority on protection of human health and the environment.

Further information is available from the:

• NSW Environment Line 131 555 (who can direct your call).

• For specific health enquiries 1300 066 055.

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