Bipartisan Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act Signed into Law

December 21, 2022

Lummis-led legislation to minimize toxic exposure at airports becomes law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was signed into law by President Joe Biden. This legislation aims to reduce the spread of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at commercial airports. Airports in Wyoming are required to use firefighting foam that contains toxic PFAS chemicals. For years, airports were required to discharge this foam as part of routine, federally-mandated testing of their firefighting equipment. This puts firefighters, the environment, and the public at risk of exposure to toxic PFAS chemicals.

“PFAS contaminations around airports is a serious problem with a very easy solution. With simple testing solutions that are already funded under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program, we can protect the environment without creating more burdensome regulations on small airports around Wyoming,” said Senator Lummis. “I am thrilled to see this bill become law.”

The Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act will deploy more existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding for commercial airports to purchase devices necessary to test their firefighting equipment without discharging toxic PFAS chemicals. Seven Wyoming airports are eligible for this PFAS remediation funding. This legislation encourages airports to purchase relatively low-cost devices, also referred to as an input-based testing system, to help limit and prevent exposure to PFAS. These chemicals are known as “forever chemicals” because they do not naturally break down, presenting threats to the environment and the communities surrounding airports.To read the bill, click here.