As legacy AFFF is phased out across the country, many are replacing older firefighting foams with newer foams advertised as fluorine-free. Unfortunately, this does not always mean these foams are completely free of PFAS or PFAS precursors, and material safety data sheets can be hard to interpret. Pace® can analyze your firefighting foams to determine which, if any, targeted PFAS compounds they contain and in what concentrations. We can also test F3 and AFFF for total organic fluorine.
The agency’s 2021-2024 PFAS Strategic Roadmap calls for the EPA to leverage the NDPES permitting program to reduce PFAS discharge. If certain PFAS are designated as hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, also known as CERCLA, (final rule expected summer 2023), the agency will have even greater authority to mandate the cleanup and remediation of AFFF releases.
Under fire for its use of AFFF on military bases and the impact on local communities, the U.S. DOD is a leading player in the fight to address PFAS contamination. The agency has already developed a test method (DOD AFFF01) to analyze firefighting foams for PFAS and is working to develop new fluorine free foams that meet the agency’s exacting specifications for aviation emergencies. In an effort that may take years to complete, the DOD is also analyzing PFAS usage and release at over 700 military installations around the world, with the intent to initiate and prioritize PFAS remediation efforts.
Many states are considering or have already passed legislation prohibiting the use of AFFF containing PFAS, except where required by law. 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.
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 F3 for PFAS content.
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.
We’re certified/accredited by NELAC, ISO, DOD, DOE, and in every state with a PFAS lab certification program.
For emergencies, our Rapid Response Team can provide defensible results in as little as 24 hours.
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We can test for PFAS in both solid and aqueous matrices, including potable and non-potable waters, soils, and biota.
We’re on the leading edge of science, working with EPA, DOD, ASTM, and others to develop new methods for analyzing PFAS.