The Hidden Dangers Of Firefighting Foam
With the busy and fast-acting firefighters we have, another fight is happening after a fire is won. With the threats and harmful effects of the Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS), our fireman should always take precautionary measures. Following the EPA guidelines and S.O.P. on how to maintain and avoid the bad effects of contaminants, these people will be protected likewise.
Some of the chemical contaminants found in the foams from equipment and tools as they extinguish fires are Perfluorooctane acid (PFOA) and Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Choosing an environmental contractor, this water treatment company for hazardous waste management will lessen the threats of this contaminant of concern, especially with longer exposure. Aside from environmental contracting groundwater pollution will be of less concern and will give the community their security from polluted water. Self-protection practices are strictly followed by this fireman on the scene with careful steps done on their duty. Post-operation guidelines are equally important especially with prolonged exposure to the contaminants. Visiting a health officer if necessary is observed to make sure every person is exposed.
Watch this video on how we will be able to win a fight and protect the health of our firefighters after doing their honorable duty.
**As a city with a large population, the challenge of balancing and maintaining a healthy environment in most parts of the US becomes even bigger. The natural event and the increasing number of natural man-made disasters put our environment at risk. The effect on the marine environment and wildlife didn’t stop on small groups of species living on it but continues to the residents whose source of living is in these affected areas.
Around 70% of the industrial waste is dumped into the water bodies. These waters are dumped untreated into streams and rivers where the usable water supply was polluted. One of the main contaminants of concern in poor groundwater management is the Perfluoroalkyl (PFOA) and Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).
Studies support the conclusion that PFOS exposure is a human health hazard. When man-made chemicals continue to be untreated and freshwater quality is chaotic, the exposure to PFOS/PFOA will endanger the environment as a whole. With a single contaminant, on which studies included the toxicological properties of PFOS/PFOA and the risk it poses to humans exposed to it in their drinking water. These chemicals are very stable and can persist for a long time both in the environment and in humans. They do not break down in the environment.
Incorporated in 1996 was Ground/Water Treatment & Technology, LLC (GWTT) and in 2013 becomes a fully independent environmental contracting and water treatment company. With locations in New Jersey, Delaware (Mid Atlantic), Massachusetts (New England), Florida (Southeast), Pennsylvania (Appalachia) for wider access to a dewatering contractor.
Currently, there are three basic technologies for removing PFOS/PFOA from water, granulated activated carbon, non-regenerating synthetic resins, and regenerating synthetic resins. Primary and secondary waste treatments remove about 85% to 95% of pollutants from the wastewater before the treated wastewater is disinfected and discharged into local waterways.
Choosing an environmental contractor with expertise in water treatment and facilities for groundwater remediation and clean-up will create a safe environment. GWTT with a company of experts in water management responds on the deep filtration systems and remediation projects. It will be easy to prevent and preserve the environment. Construction dewatering and treatment will be the solution for contaminants that do not break into the environment.
GWTT’s different environmental remediation services will bring clean water. A proven method to clean up surface water to a huge population. Having the basic essentials without the burden and compromised health should be a responsibility for everyone and for the next generations to come.