Shine Lawyers is investigating a class action for the chemical contamination of groundwater and soil in and around Wagga Wagga, a major regional city located south-west of Sydney that sits on the boundary of RAAF Base Wagga. Our investigation is to determine whether the contamination was a result of the Department of Defence using firefighting foam that contained per- and poly- fluoroalkyls (PFAS).
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.
A potential class action would be for members of the Wagga Wagga community who own, or who have owned residential or commercial property in the contamination areas. Shine Lawyers are investigating whether the decline in property values in Wagga Wagga was caused by the PFAS contamination.
Am I eligible to participate in the Class Action?
The Department of Defence is currently carrying out long-term environmental investigations into the soil and groundwater contamination in the Wagga Wagga area. As part of this analysis, the Department of Defence has published a map identifying the investigation area.
To be eligible for the potential Class Action your property must be located in the investigation area and owned by you in 2017.
The eligibility criteria for the Class Action may change as the investigation progresses, however we will let you know if anything changes.
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 investigation team includes: