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PFAS Chemicals at the Hydrocarbon Burn Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Florida


The Hydrocarbon Burn Facility is located approximately 2,000 feet west of the Banana River and north of NASA Parkway East on Merritt Island.

Former firefighting training activities were conducted at the Hydrocarbon Burn Facility from 1966 to 1994.
Fuels were pumped via underground piping to the large and small hydrocarbon burn pans to fuel practice fires.
In 1999, environmental investigations at the Hydrocarbon Burn Facility identified chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in groundwater and the presence of petroleum-related light non-aqueous phase liquid (LNAPL) in the groundwater.
14,250 cubic yards of contaminated soil and 6,095 gallons of LNAPL-containing liquid were removed and disposed of off-site during 2017.
The VOC groundwater contamination is being addressed by monitoring groundwater.
PFOS and PFOA were detected in all 12 monitoring wells sampled with concentrations greater than the Health Advisory Level until they put in a Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) treatment at the effluent water.



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