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Updated Fact Sheet on C6 Fluorinated Surfactants

Find the updated Fact Sheet on C6 Fluorinated Surfactants here.

Key facts of the fact sheet:

  • All modern AFFF agents (except some produced in China) contain telomer-based fluorosurfactants.  
  • Telomer-based AFFF agents are the most effective foams currently available to fight flammable liquid fires in military, industrial, aviation, and municipal applications. They provide rapid extinguishment, burnback resistance, and protection against vapour release.
  • Fire test results presented at the 2011 SUPDET conference and 2013 Reebok conference showed that AFFF agents are significantly more effective at extinguishing flammable liquid fires than fluorine-free foams.
  • Telomer-based foams do not contain or break down into PFOS (per fluorooctane sulfonate) or homologues of PFOS such as PFHxS (perfluorohexane sulfonate).
  • Telomer-based foams do not contain or break down into any chemicals that are currently listed as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) under the Stockholm Convention.
  • Telomer-based foams are not made with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) or any PFOA-based products.
  • Telomer-based foams are not made with any chemicals that are currently considered by environmental authorities to be persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT).
  • Telomer-based foams are not banned or restricted from use. We are aware of no pending legislation to regulate telomer-based foams in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, or the United States.
  • The C6-based fluorosurfactants that have been the predominant fluorochemicals used in telomerbased AFFF for the last 25 years are low in toxicity and not considered to be bioaccumulative or biopersistent.
  • Foam manufacturers are in the process of transitioning to the use of pure C6-based fluorosurfactants in response to the US EPA PFOA stewardship program.