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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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