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.

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.

What are PFOS and PFOA?

What are PFOS and PFOA Header

Perfluorinated compounds are a group of manmade chemicals that have been used in many industrial and commonly used consumer products including: nonstick cookware, stain-resistant fabric and carpet, some food packaging, and firefighting foam. In 1970, the Air Force began using aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, a firefighting agent that contains two types of PFCs, perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), to extinguish petroleum fires.

PFOS and PFOA are classified as emerging environmental contaminants because they do not have established regulatory standards, but evolving science has identified potential risk to humans and regulatory standards are under consideration.

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center is aware of PFOS/PFOA releases on active-duty, closed, Air National Guard and Reserve installations and is working in coordination with state and federal regulators to identify affected sites and, when necessary, take responsive action.

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Environmental Protection Agency Center for Disease Control and Prevention National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences