• Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant that is used to extinguish flammable liquid fires and is often used in fire fighting vehicles, fire training facilities, and on military bases.
  • Chemical manufacturers of these types of foam have been aware since the 1960s that AFFF has a dangerous side effect: it seeps into the ground where it is sprayed and contaminates the groundwater.
  • Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. has deep experience in groundwater contamination cases, including what is believed to be the largest settlement related to nitrate groundwater contamination ever. We also have experience representing counties, municipalities, and other governmental authorities that may have a claim involving remediation of AFFF.

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as fuel fires. AFFF is made of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” which create a blanket that cuts off the fuel from the oxygen it needs to burn. AFFF has been sold for decades because of its effectiveness in extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires, and is often used in fire fighting vehicles, fire training facilities, and on military bases.

However, chemical manufacturers of these types of foam, such as DuPont and 3M, have been aware since the 1960s that AFFF also has a dangerous side-effect: it seeps into the ground where it is sprayed and contaminates the groundwater.

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