Analyzing alternatives for fire-fighting foams containing PFAS

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Every Challenge Has a Backstory 

A multi-national corporation has been using aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), which contains PFAS, in fire protection applications at facilities in more than 40 locations across the world. Due to concerns surrounding compliance with rapidly evolving PFAS regulations, which differ across states and countries, and the future availability of fluorine-containing AFFF, Ramboll was retained to assess the availability, efficacy and cost of commercially available replacement products and current procedures for AFFF replacement and disposal at each location.

Focus on Solutions

Ramboll reviewed current local, regional, state and country-specific regulations relating to using AFFF and other PFAS foams and identified fluorine-free replacements compatible with current processes and equipment at each location. Ramboll also identified and recommended site-specific procedures to replace and dispose of AFFF based on current and developing regulatory requirements and guidance, integrated with the client’s existing programs and strategic objectives. 

Results that Matter

The project allowed for development of an actionable strategy focused on prioritizing reduction of reliance on AFFF-containing products and identification of beneficial and cost-protective steps to implement at each facility. The overall project integrated the client’s EHS goals and EMS objectives with its global business strategy and site security programs.


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