Fate of fluorinated surfactants and hydrocarbons at coastal airports (2016–2019)
Fluoro-surfactants and hydrocarbons are priority pollutants that cover a wide range of physico-chemical properties. Their extensive past use at firefighting training grounds has resulted in costly remediation worldwide. Risk based decision making requires understanding the fate of persistent fluoro-surfactants from point sources, and their role in facilitating transport of non-polar chemicals such as hydrocarbons. This collaboration between environmental chemists, hydrologists, affected industry and regulators aims to develop a model and parameters that describe transport and co-transport of these chemicals at coastal airports. The outcomes will form the basis for effective risk management and intervention strategies.