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Richmond Contamination Class Action Investigation

Shine Lawyers is continuing investigations into the chemical contamination of soil and groundwater in and around Richmond, a city approximately 50 kilometres north-west of Sydney. We are investigating whether the contamination was a result of firefighting chemicals containing per- and poly- fluoroalkyls (PFAS) used by the Department of Defence.


According to our investigations, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) regularly conducted firefighting drills during the 1970s until at least 2004, using Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF), a type of firefighting foam. RAAF Base Richmond has a history of using AFFF during training sessions.

In November 2018, the ADF finalised a detailed site investigation at RAAF Base Richmond, with results detecting a PFAS plume in the groundwater of approximately 2km in length and 5km in width. PFAS was also detected at locations where surface water discharges from the site into locations such as Rickabys Creek and its tributaries, and Bakers Lagoon.

Shine Lawyers’ potential class action would be those in the Richmond community who own, or have owned property located in the contaminated area. Our investigation is to determine whether the contamination by PFAS has negatively impacted the value of land in Richmond.

The Richmond contamination investigation comes after the launch of class actions by Shine Lawyers in Oakey and Katherine against the Department of Defence.

Please note that the Richmond contamination investigation is not including personal injury claims for exposure to PFAS.

Am I eligible to participate in the Class Action?

The Department of Defence is investigating long-term environmental impacts of the contamination of groundwater and soil in the Richmond area. Part of this investigation has included the release of a map identifying the investigation area. For a copy of the investigation area map head to the Department of Defence website.

To be eligible to register for the potential Class Action, your property must be located in or around the investigation area and owned by you in 2017.

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The eligibility criteria for the Class Action may change depending on legal advice as the investigation progresses. If the criteria changes, we will contact you.

Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team?

Our expert Class Action team consists of some of the firm’s most experienced Special Counsel, Solicitors and support staff, including Law Clerks and Paralegals. The Richmond investigation team includes:


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