How are you planning to get your fire department out of PFAS?

States are utilizing action on PFAS containing firefighting foams with take-back programs given the lack of federal direction. According to BCLP (Bryan Cave Leighton Paisler), a law firm keeping up with state regulations, ‘33 states have either enacted or proposed…

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Bulletin #61, PFAS crisis management The Foam Exposure Committee recommends the following actions because there is no way presently to remove PFAS from the human body: Identify your fire department’s current firefighting foam product – does it contain PFAS? Stop…

Pressure continues to mount on PFAS in firefighting foams

Two recent announcements increase the pressure on legacy PFAS contamination and any continued use of PFOS-type AFFF foam concentrates or regrettable substitutions using PFHxS. On 15 June, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a press release outlining interim updated drinking…

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Bulletin #59, State Actions on PFAS Contamination   State   Attorneys General Date case filed or Consent Order   Notes Alabama Shawn Sibley (general counsel) July 24, 2020 “3M to Assess Alabama PFAS Risks in ‘Precedent-Setting’ Deal (2).”1 Alaska Treg…

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Bulletin #56: Multidistrict Litigations Because there are so many PFAS-related lawsuits occurring, the ‘Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigations determined that the AFFF cases filed involved common questions of law and fact such that centralization of the cases was appropriate.’1 Any…

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Bulletin #50, Airport Twists The Department of Defense (DoD) estimates replacements for ARFF apparatus ‘may take over 18 years at current commercial production rates, assuming DoD could acquire 50 percent of current commercial production.’1 However, commercial airports in the United…

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Bulletin #49: Airports, Fire Training & ARFF Training Facilities Christopher Higgins, a scientist who studies PFAS contamination at the Colorado School of Mines, said Pittsburgh and many of these other airports almost certainly do have contamination. ‘If they have their…

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Bulletin #48, State Take Back Programmes As announced in 2021, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) launched a programme to collect Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) foam from Indiana fire agencies.1 The…

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Bulletin #45, PFAS and the Firefighter When PFAS are found in drinking water contaminated from Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF), what happens? The chemicals are ‘persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic.’1 PFAS are very difficult and costly to remediate. Callie Lyons reported:…

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Bulletin #41, A Duty to Warn Firefighters have been unaware of the known toxicity in Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF). ‘Aside from standard workplace safety requirements regarding hazardous materials right-to-know, there has been no legal duty to warn or to…

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Bulletin #36, monitoring PFAS exposure in fire service personnel There is growing awareness and concern for the fire service and their exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This concern has led to several research efforts to study and better…

Removing PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ will be a costly undertaking for fire services, but help is at hand

A recent Environmental Protection Association (EPA) report, prepared by Sweco, shows the scale of the challenge when it comes to addressing the use of PFAS-containing fire-fighting foam in Ireland. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are synthetic chemicals commonly used in…

Bulletin #29, US Department of Veterans Affairs – PFAS Health Concerns

Active-duty military firefighters can obtain a PFAS blood test only during their annual physical. Retired military firefighters have no option for a PFAS blood test through the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They can, however, obtain a PFAS blood…

Fire Department Service Announcement – Bulletin #8: PFAS contamination at fire training sites, issued on 29 January 2021

States are taking action to determine PFAS contamination of fire training sites. Florida completed their firefighting foam survey in February 2020: ‘In 2018, DEP conducted a statewide survey of 45 certified fire training facilities. This survey gathered information regarding each…

Firefighting foam action in Wisconsin

Water contamination issues from PFAS are creating pressure on the fire service to make changes in toxic AFFF products. PFAS contamination of drinking water is threatening people’s health in many communities worldwide. Firefighters have been and continue to be placed…

Dyne Fire Protection Labs’ New Service – Fluorine Analysis

Dyne Fire Protection Labs is excited to announce the expansion of their laboratory services to include fluorine analysis. The concerns regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to grow. In response, regulations continue to impose restrictions on PFAS, a group…

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