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Wagga Wagga PFAS Contamination Class Action

Shine Lawyers is pursuing justice for property owners in Wagga Wagga whose land has been contaminated by PFAS chemicals used by the RAAF Base Wagga. Click here to register for the class action.


Background

From the 1970s until at least 2004, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) conducted regular firefighting drills using a type of firefighting foam known as Aqueous Film Forming Foam. RAAF Base Wagga is an integral part of the Wagga Wagga community and is one of the main air force training bases, having a history of using this foam during training.

The ADF completed a detailed site investigation at RAAF Base Wagga in November 2018 with results detecting PFAS in surface water, groundwater and sediment off base. The concentrations detected were in excess of the acceptable health assessment levels in groundwater from the Cowra and Lachlan Formations at the Murray Cod Hatchery and at another property adjoining the Gumly Gumly wetland. PFAS concentrations above the drinking water guideline values were also identified in a groundwater sample in an existing well about 400 meters east of the Base.

The former firefighting training area, current fire extinguisher training area and the current fire station on the Base, were identified as the main sources of PFAS.

As part of this investigation, the Department of Defence has released a map identifying the investigation area – click here to download a copy.

About the Wagga Wagga PFAS Contamination Class Action

Shine Lawyers has filed a class action on behalf of Wagga Wagga property owners who have suffered loss in their property value due to contamination caused by the RAAF Base Wagga.

Richmond Investigation Area Map

The class action alleges that the Department of Defence negligently allowed toxic chemicals known as ‘PFAS’ to escape from the RAAF Base Wagga, and contaminate local environments. These contaminants have negatively impacted properties, land values and the livelihoods of the Wagga Wagga community.

Shine Lawyers is seeking compensation for Wagga Wagga property owners for economic loss, including the diminution in value to their properties.

Please note that the Wagga Wagga PFAS Contamination Class Action does not include personal injury claims for exposure to the PFAS contamination. The adverse health effects of exposure to PFAS chemicals, and the viability of a class action will continue to be investigated. Class actions such as this have been run in other countries around the world for both defence force personnel and communities.

How to register for the Wagga Wagga PFAS Contamination Class Action

If your property is located in the Wagga Wagga contamination investigation area, and was owned by you on 1st October 2016, you are encouraged to register for this class action so that you may seek the compensation you are entitled to.

To formally register for the class action, you will need to complete and sign a funding agreement with Litigation Capital Management (LCM) (the Litigation Funder for this case).

If you wish to register, please click the button below:

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Shine Lawyers is seeking justice for similarly contaminated communities surrounding Defence bases across Australia including Bullsbrook, Darwin, Edinburgh, Katherine, Oakey, Richmond, Townsville, and Wodonga.

Contact us

If you have any questions or require any assistance in registering for the class action, please contact our PFAS Contamination Class Action team on 1800 066 173.

Who is Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team?

Shine Lawyers’ Class Action team includes some of the firm’s most experienced Special Counsel, Solicitors and support staff, including Law Clerks and Paralegals. The Wagga Wagga PFAS Contamination Class Action team includes:


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