Inside Sea-Tac’s efforts to clean up PFAS firefighting foams

By Isabella Breda and Manuel Villa | The Seattle Times | July 2, 2024

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“Taxiing jet engines groaned on the tarmac, their fumes filling the Port of Seattle’s firetruck bays on an early summer day here. Snaking hoses connected tanks and filters in a complex cleanup operation.

Over six days, the system flushed a toxic substance from a firetruck as the department became one of the first in the nation to begin to remove firefighting foam concentrates laced with ‘forever chemicals.’

For decades, per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals, or PFAS, have been used in foams to put out the highest-intensity petroleum-fueled fires — especially important in saving lives amid catastrophe at airports, military bases and fossil fuel refineries."

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