Extension for Class B PFAS Firefighting Foam Use in Fire Suppression Systems
Public Act 21-191, effective July 13, 2021, bans the use of firefighting foam containing intentionally-added PFAS) which is typically used for extinguishing Class B flammable liquid and petroleum hydrocarbon fires. Common labels for these foams are AFFF, AR-AFFF, FFFP, AR-FFFP, FP, and FPAR (“Fluorinated Foam”).
The Fluorinated Foam ban will occur in phases:
- The law immediately bans the use of Fluorinated Foam for training or testing systems.
- As of October 1, 2021, the law bans the use of Fluorinated Foam, except for airports and persons required by federal law to use Fluorinated Foam, where the ban begins October 1, 2023.
- Chemical plants, oil refineries, and flammable liquid terminal, storage, or distribution facilities may apply to DEEP for an extension of up to two years in order to comply.
Request for Extension
DEEP may grant an extension of up to two years if it is determined that such extension is necessary to remove or repurpose a fire suppression system containing such foam.
Complete the Request for Extension of Class B PFAS Firefighting Foam Use and email it to DEEP.MarineTerminals@ct.gov. Approvals/rejections will be emailed.
Alternatives to Fluorinated Foam
The Commissioner has identified National Foam Universal F3 Green as an alternative that will be used by state agencies. Other acceptable fluorine-free foams may be identified by DEEP in the future.
The Department of Administrative Services has issued a contract for National Foam Universal F3 Green firefighting foam for the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, all State agencies, municipalities, and not-for-profit organizations.
DEEP and DESPP CFPC have developed a state and municipal PFAS AFFF Take-Back Program, including best disposal practices.