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PFAS

Epic Environmental has a proven track record of successful delivery of PFAS projects including negotiation and interaction with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders.

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With the recent emergence of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) as global contaminant of concern, and growing community concern, the team at Epic have developed the skills and qualifications required to undertake sampling, monitoring, reporting and auditing for per- and polyfluorinated substances.

Epic has a proven track record of successful delivery of PFAS projects including negotiation and interaction with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders. Our PFAS services include:

  • Initial desktop and due diligence studies;
  • Preliminary environmental risk assessments;
  • Phase 1 Preliminary Site Investigations;
  • Phase 2 Detailed Site Investigations;
  • Remediation Action Plans and remediate planning;
  • Human health & environmental risk assessments and safety plans;
  • Contaminated Land Auditing (QLD and NSW); and
  • Environmental and Compliance Auditing.

About PFAS

Perfluorinated Compounds (PFCs) include a group of synthetic organofluorine compounds, which include compounds such as Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and Fluorinated Telomer Sulfonates (i.e 6:2 FTS and 8:2 FTS). They are most commonly found in Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF) used for firefighting purposes and aviation lubricants, but other uses include mist suppressants in metal plating, surfactants in the photographic industry, stain resistant carpets, flame-resistant and waterproof clothing, non-stick coating for cookware, and coating for paper and cardboard.

PFCs have permeated products globally for decades and have recently been identified as an emerging contaminant of concern due to their environmental persistence, bioaccumulate properties, high solubility and their ability to travel long distances in water and air.

PFCs have permeated products globally for decades and have recently been identified as an emerging contaminant of concern due to their environmental persistence, bioaccumulate properties, high solubility and their ability to travel long distances in water and air.

Although AFFF containing PFAS compounds are now banned, with phasing out of existing stocks continuing, legacy impacts from historical activities are still being investigated. With a team of highly skilled professionals and range of experience, Epic can work with you to determine the nature and extent of PFAS impacts at a site and identify and implement the best available and commercially viable outcomes for management and remediation.

Engaging Epic

Epic has the necessary skills, experience and know-how to undertake sampling, monitoring, reporting and auditing for PFAS related projects.

Epic specialises in both complex and routine projects to provide the appropriate technical oversight of the project and evaluation of the critical milestones to ensure the overall project objectives are achieved.

Response of Authorities

Commonwealth, state and territory governments have each responded to PFOS and PFOA contamination in different ways, with some states and organisations taking precautionary and proactive steps to address concerns regarding contamination, human health, and compensation, whilst others, such as Defence, have adopted a more guarded and reactive approach. The Department of the Environment advised the committee that it is collaborating with its Commonwealth and state and territory counterparts as part of a whole-of-government response to legacy contamination and outlined the key areas of responsibility and actions taken:

  • Health standards and measures: The Commonwealth Department of Health and relevant state and territory agencies have defined and are continuing to review appropriate health standards and measures associated with PFOS and PFOA contamination;
  • Contamination on Commonwealth land: Commonwealth landowners, such as Defence, are responsible for investigating and managing potential contamination on their sites;
  • Contamination on state and territory land: States and territories are primarily responsible for environmental protection and waste disposal where contamination or waste disposal occurs on state and territory land;
  • Environmental protection regulation policy and standards: Environment and relevant state and territory agencies are considering appropriate standards and measures in association with PFOS and PFOA contamination. In addition, Commonwealth environmental assessment and approval processes will be required when any new action related to PFOS and PFOA is likely to have a significant impact on a nationally protected matter under Part 3 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth), including on Commonwealth land. This includes actions that are likely to significantly impact the ‘whole of the environment’, but only in those instances where the actions affect, or are taken on, Commonwealth land, or are carried out by a Commonwealth agency.

Environmental regulation of PFAS contaminated materials is managed under the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) which has been developed by the heads of environmental protection agencies (HEPA) and National Chemicals Working Group (NCWG). The PFAS NEMP outlines a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites throughout Australia.