Impact Publications : AirCargo-260
AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE, 2019 • Page 5 Airservices acts to assess PFAS contamination at Perth Airport AIRSERVICES Australia (Airser- vices) has completed a Prelimi- nary Site Investigation (PSI) with limited sampling for per/polyfluo- roalkyl substances (PFAS) con- tamination at the country’s Perth Airport. The PSI relates to the historical use by Airservices of Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFFs) for Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Ser- vices (ARFFS). The PSI confirmed the pres- ence of PFAS on the airport. PFAS were detected in soil, surface water and groundwater. Further investigations will be required to determine the extent of PFAS contamination from Airservices leased areas. Airservices is work- ing closely with Perth Airport and various state and Commonwealth government agencies to share information and determine next steps. The Western Australia Depart- ment of Water and Environmen- tal Regulation (WA DWER) public advice is that water supplied by state public water service pro- viders such as the Water Cor- poration is regularly tested and meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Airservices will now undertake a Detailed Site Investigation (DSI), at Perth Airport, which is likely to include on and off-air- port investigation to better understand the extent of any PFAS impacts from Airservic- es-leased areas and to inform appropriate management ac- tions. Airservices is also finalising the PFAS Management Plan (PMP) for its leased area on the airport which includes an on-airport Groundwater and Surface Water Monitoring Plan. Airservices will continue to work closely with Perth Airport and federal and state regulators to manage legacy PFAS contamination aris- ing from its activities at Perth Airport. Airservices has not used PFAS-containing fire fighting foam at any civilian airport, including Perth Airport, since 2010.