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PFAS National Environmental Management Plan

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The per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP) aims to provide governments with a consistent, practical, risk-based framework for the environmental regulation of PFAS-contaminated materials and sites. The PFAS NEMP is being developed as an adaptive plan, able to respond to emerging research and knowledge.

The National Chemicals Working Group of the Heads of EPAs Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) is developing the plan in consultation with relevant Australian Government, State and Territory agencies. The PFAS NEMP seeks to build a nationally collaborative approach and national consistency in priority areas, allowing for the implementation of actions in a way that becomes ‘business as usual’. The plan is being developed by all jurisdictions and recognises the need for implementation of best practice regulation through individual jurisdictional mechanisms. The process is being led by EPA Victoria.

The PFAS NEMP is expected to be a reference on the state of knowledge related to the environmental regulation of PFAS. The plan will also represent a how-to guide for the investigation and management of PFAS contamination and waste management, including best practice approaches, which will be called upon to inform actions by EPAs.

This PFAS NEMP Consultation Draft provides some background on the state of knowledge of environmental regulation of PFAS and seeks feedback on experiences and views.

How to make a submission

Comments on the questions in this consultation paper are requested by Monday, 25 September 2017. Your feedback will inform the development of the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan, which is expected to be provided to HEPA late in 2017.

If you wish to make a written submission, please use this template.

Written submissions can be sent to:


Mail:     PFAS NEMP Consultation Feedback

c/o- Applied Science Directorate
EPA Victoria
GPO Box 4395
Melbourne VIC 3001

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Your comments will help the National Chemicals Working Group develop the PFAS NEMP. Please clearly state if you would like your contribution to remain confidential. Note that Freedom of Information (FOI) access requirements will apply to all comments, even those marked and treated as confidential. Accordingly, your comments may be released to the public.

Page last updated on 8 Aug 2017