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Ban on PFAS in firefighting foam advances

A measure that would ban the Department of Defense from using firefighting foam that contains the chemical PFAS has advanced in the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Friday said.

The amendment, introduced by Gillibrand and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, was attached to the annual National Defense Authorization Act.

“Toxic PFAS exposure is putting the health of New Yorkers and people across the country at risk,” said Gillibrand, who is among the 23 Democrats vying for the party’s presidential nomination.

“Last year I successfully fought to end the federal requirement for commercial airports to use PFAS firefighting foam, and it’s time for the DOD to do the same and end the use of PFAS foam on military airports and bases. In communities in New York and across the country, there is a clear link between the use of PFAS firefighting foam on military bases and dangerous levels of PFAS in the drinking water of surrounding communities.”

Gillibrand called the use of PFAS in the foam by the military “unacceptable.”

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