National Foam, maker of firefighting foam systems, announced Thursday that it will discontinue the sale of all PFAS based foam concentrates in California effective January 1, 2021.
California Senate Bill SB1044, signed into law in September by Gov. Gavin Newsom, bans the manufacture, sale, and use of firefighting foams containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a man-made compound found to be bio-accumulative in the environment.
As a replacement, National Foam is putting forward its line of fluorine free foam concentrates.
"National Foam UniversalF3 Green® 3% X 3% synthetic fluorine free foam concentrate has proven to be
the replacement of choice for end-users in the Industrial, Chemical and Oil & Gas sectors," the press release states.
"UniversalF3 Green® offers UL/ULC and LASTfire listings on both hydrocarbon and polar solvent in fresh
The press release states that UniversalF3 Green® foam concentrate is the only fluorine free foam currently available with this breadth of third party listings.
It has proven to be effective in both legacy and new fixed systems
with numerous hardware cross listings, including bladder tanks, proportioners, foam making
sprinklers and various discharge devises. UniversalF3 Green® is one of the first fluorine free foam
concentrates to be third party GreenScreen™ certified providing independent assurance to end-users
that the product is PFAS free and avoids other known chemicals of concern.
National Foam MuniF3 Green Plus® 3% synthetic fluorine free foam concentrate has been designed
specifically for the Municipal firefighting sector, the press release states. MuniF3 Green Plus® offers UL/ULC listings on
hydrocarbon fires and covers various blends of gasoline, from unblended (i.e. sport racing) through
E5, E10 and up to E15 (i.e. 15% ethanol/gasoline blend) and can be used with fresh and brackish
water. MuniF3 Green Plus® can also be used as a wetting agent on class A (Wildlands) fires, cross listed
with the JS-10 handline nozzle and is GreenScreen™ certified.
Studies have found much higher than normal exposure to some PFAS compounds can have health effects on humans.
National Foam “RED ALERT®” service, with warehousing facility located in California, has removed all
PFAS based foam concentrates and will support the Industrial, Chemical and Oil & Gas sectors with its
UL/ULC and LASTfire listed UniversalF3 Green® foam concentrate.