Helping Railroads Decipher Fact from Fiction When it Comes to PFAS
The railroad industry is presumed by regulatory agencies to have historically used products containing PFAS, or per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances. PFAS may be found in several common products used at railyards, such as aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), grease, or hydraulic fluids. It is possible that regulators may soon require railyard owners to assess and remediate, even though PFAS-containing products are used widely in many other industries and could have migrated on site.
Are you holding off on assessing the risk of PFAS at your facility? Don’t wait. Antea Group is seeing a growing number of enforcement and legal actions focused on PFAS across the country taking companies by surprise.
PFAS is in aqueous film forming foams (AFFF), used to fight petroleum fires on military bases, airports, and refineries or storage facilities. AFFF produces a thin aqueous film which suppresses vapor and can quickly extinguish a petroleum fire.
Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are appearing in drinking water across the United States. Since the EPA’s adoption of advisory drinking water levels for PFAS in 2016, it has re-emerged as a contaminant of concern at scores of sites across the country.
PFAS contamination of drinking water has been in the news of late. These chemicals are toxic, persistent, and subject to bioaccumulation in plants, animals, and humans. Industries that used PFAS include military, firefighting, aerospace, automotive, building and construction, and electronics, among others.
For over a decade, Antea Group has been supporting clients and working with regulators on understanding the sources and behavior of PFAS and their precursors in the environment, while maintaining strict confidentiality.