Chemicals from firefighting foam and other sources
Coloradans face an emerging public health challenge from a family of chemicals found in toxic firefighting foam and other sources. The chemicals are known scientifically as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. On June 15, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency announced an update to health advisories for four PFAS chemicals by lowering the level of acceptable amounts present in drinking water. These chemicals are known to have negative impacts on human health and the environment. Learn more about the EPA's announcement and these chemicals below.
New - PFAS Grant Program
This program provides funding opportunities for sampling efforts to test groundwater and surface water, water treatment infrastructure, and emergency assistance for communities and water systems affected by these chemicals.
Through the new Takeback Program, CDPHE will now pay eligible Colorado fire departments to take unspent firefighting foam containing PFAS out of service and safely store it until we know of a safe disposal method and can collect it for transport and safe disposal.
Adams County Sampling Project
We are partnering with the Tri-County Health Department to sample for these chemicals in groundwater in Adams County.
El Paso County Exposure Assessment
The CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) completed an Exposure Assessment of people living near Peterson Air Force Base in El Paso County, Colorado.
Certificate of Registration Program
Anyone using or storing Class B firefighting foam containing PFAS must register through the Certificate of Registration Program.