Read the full article by Audrey Korte (Chippewa Herald)

“Chippewa Valley Regional Airport has confirmed the presence of PFAS on location.

Officials said on Friday that CVRA consultant AECOM will submit its initial site investigation results related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, on airport property to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

PFAS are a diverse group of compounds resistant to heat, water and oil. For decades, they have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, apparel, upholstery, certain food paper wrappings, metal plating and firefighting foams.

PFAS compounds in firefighting foam are a source of concern for airports, which are required to use that foam by the Federal Aviation Administration. In the interest of public safety, all airports with airline service, including CVRA, are mandated by the FAA to have aircraft rescue and firefighting capability during airline operations.

Part of the FAA mandate includes the use of firefighting foam that meets a certain specification for rapid extinguishment of aircraft fires. Currently, the only approved firefighting foam meeting FAA required specifications contains PFAS.” …