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Gillibrand, Maloney working to ban nationwide PFAS from firefighting foam

Feb 24, 2021 5:30 am

MidHudson News [dot] com is reporting Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney gathered February 22, at the city of Newburgh Fire Department headquarters to talk about their efforts ban toxic PFAS from foam used for fighting fires. The two New York Democrats are sponsoring national legislation, the PFAS Firefighters Protection Act, which will ban the foam. The substance is known to cause cancer and other health problems. The state has a partial ban on the foam, which has been found in the Newburgh water supply after it leaked from the Air National Guard base at New York Stewart International Airport. “We’ll build on what New York has already done. This nationwide ban would help our firefighters across the country,” said Gillibrand. The proposed legislation would ban the sale of foam with PFAS chemicals within two years of passage. Newburgh has been using New York City aqueduct water for the last several years, paid for by the state, because when the chemicals were discovered in Newburgh’s Washington Lake water supply, it was immediately turned off. Cairo's water supply has also been tainted by PFAS from fire-fighting foam, from a fire-fighting training center in the Greene County town. Read the full story at MidHudsonNews [dot] com.