PFAS remediation partners in panel discussion

Issue date: Monday, 7 December 2020

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The parliamentary inquiry into per-and poly-fluoroalkyl (PFAS) remediation will hear today from an expert panel of environmental service providers, partners with Defence in its National PFAS Investigation and Management Program.

Senator Dr Sam McMahon, Chair of the PFAS Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, said that the Department of Defence had selected leading innovators in PFAS remediation to address PFAS contamination at RAAF Edinburgh, Williamtown, Oakey, Tindal, and Katherine among other sites.

‘Global remediation experts Emerging Compounds Treatment Technologies (ECT2) and Ventia Utility Services are currently operating ground water and soil treatment plants at these sites, while Australian owned and operated innovator Synergy Resource Management’s solutions include mobile wastewater treatment technologies,’ Senator McMahon said.

Submissions from these firms record impressive results being achieved at Defence bases. Billions of litres of contaminated water have been cleared of PFAS to levels well below Australian health guidelines. Defence also supported the first large scale trial of a world first technology which removes PFAS mass from soil at RAAF base Edinburgh.

‘The PFAS remediation panel will bring representatives from these cutting-edge firms to Canberra with US based executives involved via teleconference. The Sub-committee expects a productive discussion about Australia’s approach as part of the international PFAS remediation effort’, the Senator said.

Submission nos 16, 21 and 24 to the PFAS inquiry into PFAS remediation are available on the inquiry site.

Public hearing details: 

Date: Monday 7 December 2020
Time: ~4:10pm to 5:30pm (extended time)
Location: Committee Room IR1, Parliament House, Canberra.

The hearing will be audio streamed live at

Media enquiries

Senator Dr Sam McMahon
Chair of the PFAS Sub-committee
02 6277 3643

For background information

For further details about the scrutiny process and the Committee’s public hearing program contact:

Sub-committee Secretariat
02 6277 2313

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