PFAS IN AFFF

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Pace® helps protect communities across the country by offering testing services for legacy AFFF, FFF (fluorine-free foam), and impacted media such as soil and groundwater.

FLUORINE-FREE ISN’T ALWAYS PFAS-FREE

As municipalities phase out legacy AFFF, many are replacing older firefighting foams with newer foams advertised as fluorine-free. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean these foams are completely free of PFAS, and material safety data sheets can be hard to decipher. Pace® can analyze your FFF to determine which, if any, PFAS compounds it contains and in what concentrations.

EPA USES CURRENT PROGRAMS TO CONTROL AFFF

The EPA plans to use current programs to help control PFAS contamination. For example, the agency’s 2021-2024 Strategic Plan calls for the EPA to leverage the NDPES permitting program to reduce PFAS discharge. Once certain PFAS are declared hazardous substance under CERCLA (final rule expected summer 2023), the agency will have even greater authority to mandate the cleanup and remediation of AFFF spills.

HAD A FIRE EMERGENCY OR AFFF SPILL?

Any discharge of firefighting foams, whether from an emergency or training exercise, should be treated as a chemical spill. The Pace® Rapid Response team can help you assess the impact of the release and provide defensible data, often in less than 24-hours.

STATES PAVE THE WAY FOR AFFF BANS

Many states are considering or have already passed legislation prohibiting the use of AFFF containing PFAS, except where required by law. Currently, the FAA and DOD have yet to approve the use of FFF in aviation emergencies, and some local laws may require AFFF to fight fires involving certain types of flammable liquids. Once a PFAS-free replacement for AFFF is approved by the FAA and DOD for emergency use, a clause in many states will go into effect, prohibiting the use of AFFF in all scenarios.

REQUEST A PFAS BRIEFING FOR YOUR STATE

Pace® offers PFAS testing services across the country through its nationwide network of certified and accredited labs. Our experts can bring your compliance and risk-management teams up to speed quickly on current and pending PFAS action in your area.

THE DOD ON A PATH TO ELIMINATE PFAS

Under fire for its use of AFFF on military bases and the impact on local communities, the DOD established a PFAS Task Force in 2019. Then, in 2020, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) established a timeline for several important DOD initiatives. All DOD facilities will be required to use a new, non-fluorinated foam by 2023. In addition, the use of AFFF containing PFAS will be prohibited by October 2024. The DOD is also conducting research on new methods for analyzing AFFF for PFAS and methods for disposing of legacy AFFF.

PRIMARY TEST METHODS FOR ANALYZING PFAS IN AFFF

Legacy AFFF has a long shelf-life, and not all fluorine-free foams are PFAS-free. Pace® offers several test methods for analyzing AFFF and FFF for PFAS content.

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PFAS by Isotope Dilution

Method developed by Pace® for analyzing targeted PFAS in a complex matrix

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DOD QSM v5.3

DOD-developed quality control standards for analyzing PFAS in a sample

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DOD AFFF01

DOD-developed method for analyzing PFAS in AFFF

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TOP Assay

Method for analyzing PFAS precursors in a liquid matrix

PFAS SAMPLING

Download our PFAS Sampling Guide for PFAS test method details including:

  • Method descriptions
  • Sampling guidelines
  • Compound lists

MATRICES IMPACTED BY AFFF

In addition to testing AFFF and FFF for PFAS content, Pace® offers testing services covering a variety of matrices that can become contaminated by PFAS-containing firefighting foams.

REASONS TO CHOOSE PACE®

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EXPERIENCED

Pace® has been an industry leader in persistent organic pollutant testing for over three decades.
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CERTIFIED

We’re certified/accredited by NELAC, ISO, DOD, DOE, and in every state with a PFAS lab certification program.

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RELIABLE

For emergencies, our Rapid Response Team can provide defensible results in as little as 24 hours.

Committed

COMMITTED

We are committed to helping our customers advance their important work through building strong relationships, delivering upon expectations, and providing exceptional customer service.

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ADVANCED

We can test for PFAS in both solid and aqueous matrices, including potable and non-potable waters, soils, and biota.

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INNOVATIVE

We’re on the leading edge of science, working with EPA, DOD, ASTM, and others to develop new methods for analyzing PFAS.

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