Scan of Technologies to Remove Residual PFAS from Airport Firefighting Equipment

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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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $310000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-103

  • 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:

    McDonald III, Edward

  • Start Date: 20230131
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01853998
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-103
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 9 2022 1:30PM