The State of Florida’s Efforts to Address PFOA and PFOS in the Environment
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is committed to the protection of the groundwater resources of the state and the public health and safety of our residents.
As part of these efforts, DEP’s Division of Waste Management routinely investigates sites where there is known or suspected soil and groundwater contamination statewide.
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In addition to other efforts underway at the federal, state and local levels, DEP is currently in the process of performing environmental assessments related to the historic and current use of chemicals found in aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) at fire training facilities throughout the state. These chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), are synthetic industrial chemicals that have been identified as Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC). CECs are chemicals that have been recently detected in the environment which may pose public health or ecological risks. Because of this long-term potential risk to human health and the environment, DEP, in conjunction with the Florida Department of Health (DOH), is working with fire training facilities across the state to address CECs associated with AFFF.
DEP has conducted a statewide survey of 45 certified fire training facilities. The purpose of this survey was to gather information regarding the historic use of AFFF and and to determine if the facility has on-site potable wells or nearby public and private potable wells. This information was used to prioritize these facilities for assessment. The Department plans to assess all 25 sites where usage or suspected usage of AFFF has occurred in a phased approach throughout the 2019 calendar year. Where contamination is identified, DEP will help the facility develop a cleanup plan to remove or contain the contamination to prevent future environmental impact and human exposure.
DEP’s Water Supply Restoration Program provides access to bottled water or other alternative water supply to any affected well owner whose test results exceed the established EPA Health Advisory Level. This voluntary program also provides funding for a filter, well restoration or connection to public water system as necessary to ensure a safe drinking water supply. A temporary alternative water supply remains in place until one of these is in place.
DEP is committed to providing timely information to the public regarding these efforts. This web page will be dedicated to making this information readily available and accessible to the public.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.