[Blog] Updated DOD standards: Critical first step toward firefighting foam made without ‘forever chemicals’

January 12, 2023

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"Today the Department of Defense quietly released new requirements for the firefighting foam it uses to put out jet fuel fires. It marks a crucial step toward ending the use of foams containing the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which have long contaminated drinking water.

For more than 50 years, the DOD has required the use of a firefighting foam made with PFAS, known as aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF. Because of this widespread use, more than 700 military sites in 50 states are known or suspected to be contaminated with PFAS. 

PFAS exposure is associated with some kinds of cancerreproductive and developmental harms, and immune harms."