Bloomberg Law
Dec. 1, 2021, 8:15 PM

Defense Department Gaining Data to Rid Firefighting Foam of PFAS

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

Firefighting foams made without “forever chemicals” take longer to extinguish flames, but they can work, scientists said Wednesday at a Pentagon environmental research conference.

The Defense Department is spending millions of dollars researching fluorine-free firefighting foams. The goal is to find substitutes for the foams it now uses that contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also called PFAS and dubbed “forever chemicals” for their environmental longevity.

Research continues on how alternatives to PFAS-free foams perform and affect people and the environment, so conference speakers declined to name the leading candidates that could help the Department of Defense put out jet fuel ...

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