Efforts to Address PFOA and PFOS in the Environment
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is committed to the protection of groundwater resources of the state and the public health and safety of our residents. With the emergence of concerns regarding Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS), DEP has been coordinating with the Department of Defense (DOD) on investigation of the use of and historic discharges of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) and its related chemicals which include perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). Investigative work for AFFF source areas at DOD facilities in Florida is in the early stages with some preliminary sampling completed to confirm PFOA and/or PFOS presence and some sampling to be completed at suspected AFFF potential release areas. DEP will continue to work closely with DOD, as well as other federal facilities, in order to investigate and mitigate for PFOA and PFOS introduced due to use of AFFF or other sources, with an emphasis to identify and protect drinking water resources.
The Department of Defense provides access to bottled water or other alternative water supply to any affected well owner whose test results exceed the established Environmental Protection Agency Health Advisory Level.
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.