The Indiana Departments of Environmental Management (IDEM) and Homeland Security recently launched a program to collect Class B firefighting foam, which contains PFAS, from fire agencies across the state. The service is free with no additional requirements for fire agencies, and aims to protect the health of firefighters and limit adverse impacts to the environment. More than 200 fire departments have already signed on to participate and have identified about 50,000 gallons of foam that will be safely disposed of. Collections will begin in May, and IDEM will monitor the disposal program.
In 2020, Indiana law prohibited the use of PFAS foams for any training purposes. Learn more about IDEM’s PFAS efforts here.