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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are found in many products, from consumer products to building materials. For airports, the primary implication is associated with aqueous film-forming foams (AFFFs) used in firefighting. For many years, airport operators were required to use AFFFs and, as a result of recommended training requirements and fire response, may have had releases of AFFFs to the environment.

ACRP Research Report 262: PFAS Management at Airports: A Guide, from TRB's Airport Cooperative Research Program, provides information and practical considerations for managing AFFFs containing PFAS used for firefighting at airports.

Four appendices provide a comprehensive set of tools and resources for airport managers: Appendix A (Toolkit on Assessing Current and Historical Product Use and Activities), Appendix B (Toolkit on Policies, Procedures, and Operations), Appendix C (Toolkit on Regulatory Action, Financial Planning, and Remediation), and Appendix D (Toolkit on Communication and Public Engagement). Appendix E summarizes the project's research methodology and Appendix F contains the survey questionnaire sent to airport staff nationwide and its findings.


Suggested Citation

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. PFAS Management at Airports: A Guide. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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Publication Info

110 pages |  8.5 x 11 |  Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-309-70981-1

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