PFAS For Councils Forum

PFAS For Councils Forum


PFAS For Councils:

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of manufactured chemicals that have been used in a range of products since the 1950s, and that are an emerging cause of concern when released to the environment. As PFAS are highly persistent, they are found to have caused widespread contamination of soil, groundwater and surface water, and are particularly associated with firefighting training areas where PFAS was used in some Aqueous Film-forming Firefighting Foams (AFFF).

With Councils increasingly faced with the impacts of PFAS contamination on their communities, and with the potential for PFAS contamination to arise on their own land (e.g. Rural Fire Service facilities and landfills), this forum provided a focus on:

  • Understanding and identifying sources of PFAS
  • Fate and transport in the environment
  • Potential human health and environmental effects
  • Specific considerations when assessing PFAS
  • Viable remediation and management methods
  • Progress of strategies, policies, guidelines and management plans for PFAS
  • Councils’ roles and responsibilities


This event is sponsored by the NSW Environment Protection Authority


Copies of the presentations provided at the Forum are available below:


Corrie Ford, Senior Operations Officer & Sam Waskett, Senior Policy Officer

NSW EPA PFAS Investigation Program


Dr. Paula Brown, Senior Operational Policy Officer, Strategic Regulation Section (PFAS)

NSW EPA PFAS Investigation Program – Policy Update


Belinda Goldsworthy, Human Health Risk Assessor and Senior Manager

Assessing and Communication Health Impacts From PFAS


Dr. Kat Taylor, Public Health Physician, Health Protection Unit

Hunter New England Population Health Unit

PFAS in Williamtown: where are we now?


Dr. Bob Symons, National Technical Manager

Eurofins Management

PFAS (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) Analytical Considerations and Application to Landfill Leachates


Nathan Bleathman, PFAS Investigation & Management Branch
Department of Defence

Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)
Investigation & Management Program


John  Parnaby, Director Assets and Infrastructure
Rural Fire Service

PFAS and the NSW Rural Fire Service


Anna Lundmark, Regional Program Manager – Contaminated Lands
Hunter Joint Organisation of Councils

PFAS for Councils