AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) and other PFAS-containing Foam Phase Out in The Arctic

Developing cost effective and appropriate recommendations for the removal of PFAS-based fire fighting foams for all applications within the Arctic region, without jeopardizing risk reduction.

Objective

Fluorinated aquous film-forming fire-fighting foams (AFFF), containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are used in airports, refineries and other high-risk facilities. They represent a potential direct release of highly persistent, toxic and bioaccumulative chemicals into the environment. The Arctic region is particularly susceptible to PFAS contamination due to the sensitivity of the ecosystem, and the potential for long range transport and deposition of PFAS in the Arctic ecosystems, and it is important that any further jeopardy to it is minimized.

The project will develop cost effective and appropriate recommendations for the removal of PFAS-based firefighting foams for all applications within the Arctic region, without jeopardizing risk reduction. It will also outline alternatives to fluorinated foams.

Activities

  1. Review of current legislative fire and environmental requirements in Arctic States
  2. Identify foam users by sector and facility in the Arctic
  3. Demonstrate transition into sustainable fluorine-free foams in 10-12 facilities on different sectors in the Arctic