Monitoring and minimizing the environmental impact of airport operations is important to Hamilton international. The Airport’s Environmental Mission Statement is as follows:
Hamilton International Airport is committed to protecting the environment and to safeguarding the health of its employees, business partners and the general public.
The aviation industry is highly regulated by both Transport Canada and the provincial Ministry of the Environment. Hamilton International works closely with both organizations to ensure responsible and thorough environmental management of the Airport to meet governmental standards.
PFOS and the Use of Firefighting Foam at Hamilton International:
- Transport Canada regulations require airport operators to maintain an inventory of Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) on-site in the event of an aircraft emergency
- At one time, Perfulorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) was a common component of aviation firefighting foam prior to a voluntary phase-out in production of PFOS in 2002. Information available suggests that AFFF containing PFOS was used at Hamilton Airport for training purposes between 1985 and 1989; during this time the Airport was federally owned and operated by the region.
- Due to environmental concerns, the federal government initiated a plan to eliminate products containing PFOS by 2013; Hamilton International was in compliance with this
- Firefighting foam purchased by Hamilton International does not contain PFOS and is compliant with the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
- There has never been an aircraft fire at Hamilton International and ‘live’ fire training using AFFF has not taken place at the Airport since 1994 (when the Airport was municipally-operated and federally owned)
Initial Subsurface Investigation Complete
December 2011 – Hamilton International Airport, in consultation with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and City of Hamilton, has completed the initial subsurface investigation to confirm the presence and extent of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contamination on airport property and identify remediation options. Hamilton International is committed to full, open disclosure of all matters pertaining to this issue. We are posting below our consultant’s findings and expert opinion on remedial options.
For additional information please contact PFOS@flyhamilton.ca.