Sen. Gillibrand introduces the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act

Published: Apr. 27, 2022 at 5:58 PM EDT
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(WBNG) -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand along with her colleagues in Congress, introduced the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act on Wednesday.

This piece of legislation would ban the manufacture, distribution and sale of special foam used to fight fires that are known to contain toxic chemicals. These chemicals found in the foam are linked to certain cancers, thyroid disease, reproductive issues and other serious adverse health effects.

According to Gillibrand, eliminating the exposure to PFAS chemicals is the least we can do for those who put their life on the line to help their communities every day.

“These brave public servants put their lives in harm’s way risking life and limb to keep us safe,” said Gillibrand. “I believe we have the moral duty to honor their sacrifices and ensure their safety and add protection when they do their job.”

Gillibrand went on to say that banning the sale of the toxic foam used to extinguish fires would not hinder firefighters’ ability to do their job because there are already other alternatives available to replace the toxic foam that does not contain PFAS chemicals.

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