Managing Perfluorocarbon Impacts at Airports

Aqueous film forming foams (AFFF) have been used for extinguishing fires and firefighting training at military and commercial airports for decades. The use of AFFF resulted in the release of Perfluorinated Organic Surfactants (PFOS), the most commonly known perfluorocarbon (PFC), into the environment. Fluorinated surfactants are known to be extremely persistent in the natural environment and pose human and ecological health risks. Recognizing that the regulatory community has cautiously and deliberately been developing applicable criteria and corresponding policies to address legacy environmental impacts related to this emerging contaminant of concern, airports have been pursuing guidance on how to manage their liabilities, understanding that regulatory action could potentially lead to expensive assessment and remediation programs. Research is needed to help airports establish best management practices in their day-to-day operations, environmental assessment and sampling protocols, and site management strategies for PFOS compounds. The objective of this research is to provide airport managers with a best management practices and strategies document for addressing perfluorinated compounds at their respective facility. The guidance document will address legacy impacts associated with PFCs released into the environment (i.e., soil, groundwater, sediment, and surface water) and operational considerations with ongoing use of PFC-laden material and residual PFC impacts in airport infrastructure.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-60

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37583

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543337
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-60
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM