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Perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, are a group of manmade chemicals used for a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial purposes including: nonstick cookware, stain-resistant fabric and carpet, some food packaging and firefighting foam.
In 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency established health advisory levels in drinking water for two types of PFCs - perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOS and PFOA are classified as emerging contaminants because they do not have established regulatory standards, but evolving science has identified potential risk to humans and regulatory standards are under consideration.
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) are part of a family of
synthetic fluorinated chemicals called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) used for a wide
variety of residential, commercial and industrial purposes. The Environmental Protection Agency
established a Lifetime Health Advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOS and/or PFOA in
drinking water because of a potential risk to human health.
1. The safety and health of our Airmen, their families, and our community partners are our
2. The Air Force is taking aggressive action to identify and respond to drinking water that
is above the EPA’s LHA for PFOS/PFOA as a result of our past Air Force firefighting
3. PFOS/PFOA contamination of drinking water is an urgent national issue requiring a whole of government response to evaluate and determine solutions for health effects and concerns about food safety and agricultural commodities.
4. The Air Force is transitioning to an alternative firefighting foam and taking steps to reduce the opportunity for replacement firefighting chemicals to enter the environment.
Public Federal Environmental Manager
Air Force Civil Engineering PFAS Page
DoD PFAS Page
NC Environmental Quality Website
CDC PFAS Website
EPA CERCLA Information
EPA PFAS Research Page
EC Statement PDF