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Collection and disposal program finalized in 2022

We are reviewing different collection and disposal options for PFAS-containing fire fighting foam. We expect to make a final decision on disposal options by the end of 2022. Learn more about the collection and disposal program.

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In 2018, Washington passed a law that restricts the use of PFAS (per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances) in firefighting foam and personal protective equipment (PPE).

These restrictions affect both manufacturers and those that use these products. We work with local fire departments and other first responders to collect and safely dispose of PFAS-containing firefighting foam.

What does the law include?

The law includes a ban on the manufacture and sale of PFAS-containing PPE, and PFAS-containing Class B firefighting foam and its use for training purposes. Military, some airports, petroleum refineries and terminals, and certain chemical plants are exempt. 

See the Firefighting Agents and Equipment law (Chapter 70A.400 RCW)

Disposal program for firefighting foam

We expect to make a decision on a collection and disposal program by the end of 2022. Are you interested in participating in this program once it's finalized?

Program timeline

We are currently reviewing the different options to determine:

  • Possible impacts on water, air, surrounding communities, and wildlife.
  • The best collection and disposal option for municipal fire departments.

Once a program is in place, we will work with local fire departments and other first responders who have stockpiles of PFAS-containing firefighting foam. We will pay for all disposal costs associated with the program, including pick up, transport, and disposal.

Sign up for our listserv to receive updates, or review the latest updates on this program.

Reducing PFAS-containing firefighting foam at airports

Under federal law, commercial airports in Washington must test their ability to dispense firefighting foam (which contains PFAS) each year. These tests:

  • Can disburse thousands of gallons of PFAS on the ground.
  • If not carefully collected, the PFAS foam can contaminate ground and drinking water.

Our input-based test box program provides airports with funds to purchase equipment that allows them to test their firefighting capabilities without the need to put PFAS-containing foam on the ground.

Watch our video about input-based test boxes to learn more.

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