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PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

20 Feb 2018

 The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan, endorsed by Australia’s Environment Ministers, has been released to provide a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

PFAS are manufactured chemicals that have been used for more than 50 years and make products non-stick, water repellent, and fire, weather and stain resistant.

PFAS have been used in a range of consumer products, such as carpets, clothes and paper, and have also been used in firefighting foams, pesticides and stain repellents. Recently there has been an increased environmental regulatory focus due to the effect on the environment (these chemicals take a long time to break down) and especially the potential impacts to human health.

In essence, the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan contains information on:

• communication and engagement

• PFAS monitoring and assessment

• evaluation of sites for contamination, and prioritising where action needs to occur

• sampling contaminated material and the techniques for measuring PFAS concentrations

• environmental levels that indicate the need for action

• how to deal with sites contaminated with PFAS

• waste and its transport and treatment

• information sharing across Australia

• future research and work to support the Plan and its revisions

• evaluating the Plan’s effectiveness and reviewing it as new information becomes available.

Strategen’s highly experienced Contaminated Sites team in conjunction with its Western Australian laboratory and remediation contractor delivery partners is well equipped to manage PFAS contamination or to answer any queries you may have in relation to it - or regarding the release of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan.

The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan can be found here.