National Environmental Management Plan on PFAS

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Figure showing examples of key pathways to consider in a risk assessment for PFAS in a wetland.

The Heads of EPAs of Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) have released the draft per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) version 3.0 for public consultation. This version 3.0 contains important new guidance and standards, which builds on version 2.0 published in 2020.

You can now have your say on this plan.

Have Your Say

We appreciate you taking the time to help us ensure that the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan version 3.0 is fit for purpose. We want to make sure it meets the needs of the Australian and New Zealand environment, and communities, by continuing to provide useful, nationally consistent guidance and standards on PFAS contamination. Please note that feedback is sought on areas of text that are new and highlighted, and not the existing text from NEMP 2.0.

  • read the draft plan
  • submit your feedback in the survey.

Submit your feedback by 4pm AEDT 28 February 2023.

Register in Have Your Say and follow this project for updates.

Your input will contribute to the final version of the PFAS NEMP version 3.0.

Key changes

The draft third version of the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances National Environmental Management Plan 3.0 (PFAS NEMP 3.0) builds on NEMP 2.0 with the inclusion of new and additional guidance and standards on priority areas as set out below.

The new guidance focuses on the following areas:

  • Theme 1: PFAS family – international approaches to grouping of PFASs.
  • Theme 2: Environmental data and monitoring - guidance on ambient monitoring data collection and land use classifications to enable comparability.
  • Theme 3: Water- risk-based criteria and guidance for beneficial reuse of biosolids.
  • Theme 4: Soil - guidance and standards around PFAS behaviour in soil, including leaching and associated ecological and human health guidance. It finalises and reviews two guideline values already in the NEMP and proposes two new guideline values for soil and one for wildlife diet.
  • Theme 5: Resource recovery and waste - guidance on management of risks associated with PFAS in resource recovery products.
  • Theme 6: Site specific guidance - guidance on principles and approaches to remediation and management; guidance on construction water; and guidance on estuarine, coastal and marine sediment.

About the PFAS NEMP

The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) provides nationally agreed guidance and standards on the investigation, assessment and management of PFAS wastes and contamination in the environment, including prevention of the spread of contamination. Developed by all State, Territory and the Australian Governments, as well as the New Zealand Government, through HEPA’s National Chemicals Working Group, the plan recognises the need for implementation of best practice regulation through individual jurisdictional mechanisms. It supports action on PFAS contamination around Australia and New Zealand.

The Heads of EPAs of Australia and New Zealand (HEPA) have released the draft per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) version 3.0 for public consultation. This version 3.0 contains important new guidance and standards, which builds on version 2.0 published in 2020.

You can now have your say on this plan.

Have Your Say

We appreciate you taking the time to help us ensure that the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) National Environmental Management Plan version 3.0 is fit for purpose. We want to make sure it meets the needs of the Australian and New Zealand environment, and communities, by continuing to provide useful, nationally consistent guidance and standards on PFAS contamination. Please note that feedback is sought on areas of text that are new and highlighted, and not the existing text from NEMP 2.0.

  • read the draft plan
  • submit your feedback in the survey.

Submit your feedback by 4pm AEDT 28 February 2023.

Register in Have Your Say and follow this project for updates.

Your input will contribute to the final version of the PFAS NEMP version 3.0.

Key changes

The draft third version of the per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances National Environmental Management Plan 3.0 (PFAS NEMP 3.0) builds on NEMP 2.0 with the inclusion of new and additional guidance and standards on priority areas as set out below.

The new guidance focuses on the following areas:

  • Theme 1: PFAS family – international approaches to grouping of PFASs.
  • Theme 2: Environmental data and monitoring - guidance on ambient monitoring data collection and land use classifications to enable comparability.
  • Theme 3: Water- risk-based criteria and guidance for beneficial reuse of biosolids.
  • Theme 4: Soil - guidance and standards around PFAS behaviour in soil, including leaching and associated ecological and human health guidance. It finalises and reviews two guideline values already in the NEMP and proposes two new guideline values for soil and one for wildlife diet.
  • Theme 5: Resource recovery and waste - guidance on management of risks associated with PFAS in resource recovery products.
  • Theme 6: Site specific guidance - guidance on principles and approaches to remediation and management; guidance on construction water; and guidance on estuarine, coastal and marine sediment.

About the PFAS NEMP

The PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (PFAS NEMP) provides nationally agreed guidance and standards on the investigation, assessment and management of PFAS wastes and contamination in the environment, including prevention of the spread of contamination. Developed by all State, Territory and the Australian Governments, as well as the New Zealand Government, through HEPA’s National Chemicals Working Group, the plan recognises the need for implementation of best practice regulation through individual jurisdictional mechanisms. It supports action on PFAS contamination around Australia and New Zealand.

  • Welcome. We invite you to have your say on the Draft PFAS National Environmental Management Plan Version 3.0, via this survey.

    You can use this form to answer questions, upload a document, or both.

    Before you have your say, please read the draft PFAS NEMP 3.0.

    Stakeholders are invited to consider and provide feedback on the aspects of the draft PFAS NEMP 3.0 that are either new or significantly revised. To facilitate this, the text that has changed from version 2 of the PFAS NEMP is shown in version 3 of the draft NEMP with a coloured background.

    Submissions close on 4pm AEDT 28 February 2023.

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