|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Fri, 11 Jan 2019 08:28:31 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] PFAS: Aqueous film-forming foam at commercial airports|
AFFF at Commercial Airports the Blessings and the Curse of PFAS By Jeffrey S. Longworth and Tammy L. Helminski National Law Review January 10, 2019 Unintended consequences are outcomes that are not foreseen or planned by actions or decisions, and they are often associated with government regulations. So, when the federal government required that commercial airports train with, calibrate equipment with, and use the best performing aqueous film-forming foam fire (AFFF) suppression systems to protect the safety of passengers, crew and others in the case of petroleum-based fires at airports, little did anyone predict that components in the AFFF would ultimately present threats to human health and the environment. In fact, the key constituents that help make AFFF so effective at fighting fires surfactant compounds from a class of chemicals referred to as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFASs) have recently been associated with considerable adverse health effects, including cancer. In order to fully grasp the nature of the growing concern relating to PFAS at airports, one needs to understand that such compounds are pervasive through our economy/environment (not just in AFFF at airports). That research is still catching up to these emerging contaminants. Airports now may have significant liability merely by having followed the rules in providing a level of public safety in case of an emergency. Background of PFAS Compounds PFAS represents thousands of man-made compounds that have been manufactured since about the 1940s. Most human health assessments that associate two PFAS compounds perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) with human health effects have only reached those conclusions in the past decade.1 By 2015, PFOA- and PFOS-related products had been fully phased out through an agreement between manufacturers and the federal government.2 For the entire article, see https://www.natlawreview.com/article/afff-commercial-airports-blessings-and-curs e-pfas -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042 Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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