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ACRP 02-103 [Anticipated]

Scan of Technologies to Remove Residual PFAS from Airport Firefighting Equipment

  Project Data
Funds: $310,000
Staff Responsibility: Edward K. McDonald III
Comments: In development
Fiscal Year: 2023

As airports begin the transition from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS)-containing aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) in fire suppression and aircraft rescue and firefighting systems, there will likely be a large demand for rapid, effective methods to remove residual PFAS from firefighting equipment to minimize equipment replacement costs and ensure no continued PFAS release with the use of cleaned equipment. Methods for removing these chemicals from existing equipment are being used by the U.S. Department of Defense as well as at European airports.  Research is needed to review and assess the performance of various techniques to remove residual PFAS from airport firefighting equipment based on their efficacy and cost.

 The objective of this research is to conduct a scan of current and emerging techniques for removing residual PFAS from airport firefighting equipment and to provide information and guidelines to help airports understand the issue and identify techniques that are appropriate for their situation.


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