PFOS & PFOA News

Expeditionary civil engineers upgrade fire retardant foam
Firefighters from the 407th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron upgraded their inventory of aqueous film forming foam to a more environmentally friendly version of the fire retardant, Jan. 6 at the 407th Air Expeditionary Group.
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Air Force applies new EPA guidance

The Air Force will apply new Environmental Protection Agency guidance for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) to its ongoing effort to determine if water supplies at its U.S. installations and in local communities are at risk for contamination.
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AF awards replacement firefighting foam contract

The Air Force has awarded a $6.2 million contract to replace firefighting foam used in fire vehicles with an environmentally responsible foam to reduce the risk of possible contamination of soil and groundwater.
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Air Force Response to PFOS and PFOA

Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

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What are PFOS and PFOA?   The Air Force & PFOS/PFOA
PFOS and PFOA have been used for decades in many consumer and industrial products. Learn more about PFOS and PFOA and where they can be found.   The Air Force began using fire-fighting foam that contained PFOS and PFOA in 1970 to extinguish fuel-based fires. Learn what the Air Force is doing to address sites where this foam was released.
 
Installation Sampling   Frequently Asked Questions
The Air Force is sampling at multiple Air Force bases where PFOS and PFOA may have been released as a result of firefighting foam use.  

Have a question about how the Air Force is addressing PFOS and PFOA? Find answers to some common questions here.

 
Technologies   Preventing Future Releases
Learn more about current technologies for treating PFOS and PFOA in drinking and ground water.   The Air Force is transitioning to a new fire-fighting foam formula and taking steps to prevent future releases.
 
Videos & Infographics   Fact Sheets
  facts about PFOS and PFOA