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Update: Williamtown RAAF Contamination Site

Publish Date 24/09/2015

Thursday September 24 2015

On 3 September 2015, the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) informed the community that preliminary tests had identified perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in groundwater south of Williamtown RAAF Base and Newcastle Airport. These substances were also identified in Tilligerry Creek and Fullerton Cove and some aquatic life in these waterways.

Residents in the affected area have been advised to avoid drinking bore water, eating fish caught from Tilligerry Creek or Fullerton Cove or consuming eggs from backyard chickens in this area.

Port Stephens Council has offered to assist with providing information about the water contamination at RAAF Williamtown and surrounding areas to keep the community properly and speedily informed.

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