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Are there any regulations concerning exposure to AFFF?

While there are currently no regulations concerning exposure to PFOS and PFOA from AFFF, the Environmental Protection Agency is working to remediate the issue, as it compiled a list of contaminants which includes PFOS and PFOA.

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There are currently no regulations concerning the PFOS and PFOA in AFFF

Aqueous film forming foam, also known as AFFF, contains two groups of chemicals, which are carcinogenic to human health, namely PFOS and PFOA. The Environmental Protection Agency is striving to enforce a series of regulations with regard to the permissible level of PFOS and PFOA in drinking water at the moment. However, there are currently no regulations in place, as the Environmental Protection Agency is working to remediate the issue. At the beginning of this year, the agency issued a list of 8 toxic agents, which need to be properly regulated, among which PFOS and PFOA, which could be present in drinking water in large amounts in certain areas. The other toxic agents the Environmental Protection Agency included in the list are:

  • 1,1-dichloroethane
  • acetochlor
  • methyl bromide
  • metolachlor
  • nitrobenzene
  • RDX

The agency stated that their latest efforts with regard to the regulation of these toxic agents is a “key milestone” and they are “aggressively addressing” the issue of the PFOS and PFOA in drinking water, as these dangerous substances can lead to the development of multiple cancers, such as kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and pancreatic cancer. At the moment, the Environmental Protection Agency is still researching the effects of exposure to PFOS and PFOA on human health in order to be able to set enforceable limits of the two groups of chemicals in drinking water.

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