The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Huntsville District recently announced that nine consulting firms were selected to perform environmental and remediation services at U.S. military bases around the world. The total value of the contract is $800 million (USD).

During the contract’s five-year performance period, the nine companies will compete for projects under a competitive bidding process. The scope of services under the framework includes the removal, transport and disposal of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) containing Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) from fire suppression systems.

PFAS are a widely used group of chemicals that do not break down in the environment and are therefore difficult to treat. The contract includes employing innovative techniques including creating an AFFF foam transition digital tool to collect, organize and report data gathered by field personnel during foam transition activities, as well as replacing firefighting foams with equivalent substances that do not contain PFAS.

These AFFF support services will be delivered at various U.S. Department of Defense commands and installations and other federal agencies located across the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, the U.S. territories and outlying areas.