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Cuomo signs PFAS burn ban in Cohoes into law

Nov 25, 2020 6:00 am
Nick Reisman is reporting for State of Politics Governor Andrew M. Cuomo November 23, signed legislation that bans the burning of PFAS foam in the city of Cohoes into law. The measure addresses the burning of PFAS foam amid concerns for its potential to create adverse health effects in the surrounding community. Foam containing PFAS was disposed of at the Norlite facility. "While the federal government has failed to regulate these compounds or protect the health of our communities, New York continues to respond to the threats posed by emerging contaminants like PFAS in our environment with sustained science-based actions," Cuomo said. The governor said the state government remains fully committed to the effort and officials will continue to advance statewide measures to protect state residents from emerging contaminants. The bill, sponsored by state Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblymember John McDonald, was praised by environmental organizations. "There is no evidence that burning these chemicals is a safe, or effective, way of disposal. In fact, emerging data seems to indicate that this process does not eliminate the chemicals and may disperse them in the air, which threatens water and air quality in neighboring communities," said Liz Moran, the environmental director at the New York Public Interest Research Group. Read the full story at nystateofpolitics [dot] com.