Development of PFAS Source Differentiation Guidelines for Airports

Airports face increasing regulatory and technical challenges for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) found on or near their facilities. While the source of PFAS in an area may be attributable to airport activity, including the use of aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) during aircraft rescue and firefighting activities, or from tenants storing AFFF or other PFAS-containing materials, airports may also have neighbors who use products that contain PFAS. When PFAS is found at or near an airport, it is important to identify the source and to help manage the cost and liability of possible remediation. Yet source attribution can be a complex and difficult undertaking, particularly in an airport setting. Research is needed to advance the understanding and use of PFAS source differentiation so it can be applied to airports with greater confidence. The objectives of this research are to develop: (1) a guidebook of recommended practices for determining the source(s) of PFAS detected in soil and water on or near an airport and (2) a primer for airport practitioners describing PFAS source attribution concepts and techniques in lay terms.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-91

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Terracon Consultants, Incorporated

    5301 Beverly Drive
    Oklahoma City, OK  United States  73105
  • Principal Investigators:

    Anderson, Janet

  • Start Date: 20210511
  • Expected Completion Date: 20221110
  • Actual Completion Date: 20221110

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01748060
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-91
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 17 2020 4:29PM