Read the full article by Gregory A. Cade (Progressive Media Project)

“In my role as an attorney for a law firm that handles personal injury cases related to toxic environmental exposures, I see the problem caused by polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, first-hand.

The majority of my clients are former firefighters who have been diagnosed with kidney or testicular cancer as a consequence of long-term exposure to these chemicals through the use of firefighter foam. 

None of them were informed about the potential health risks associated with the use of these chemicals, which they regularly came in contact with during training exercises and emergencies.

The foam that is causing these injuries was developed in the 1960s by the U.S Navy and the 3M company; it was originally meant to contain fuel fires on Navy vessels. Soon, the foam was  introduced as part of firefighter‘s standard equipment at military bases and airports. 

But, as it turned out, a product meant to help keep people safe is actually harming them.

The product, known as aqueous film forming foam, contains PFAS, chemicals that have been proven to be extremely dangerous to the environment and to human health…”