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“A toxic class of chemicals used in some firefighting foams made its way into drinking water in several places throughout the state. Lawmakers are looking to restrict use of the foam, to prevent more pollution.

Senate Bill 63 would require any facilities training with firefighting foam containing a class of toxic chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, to implement containment and disposal measures to prevent releases. It would still allow the foam—which is usually used to fight oil fires—to be used in emergency situations. 

The bill has bipartisan support, and currently awaits consideration in the state Senate Corrections & Public Safety Committee. 

Potential health impacts of PFAS chemicals include certain cancers, pregnancy complications and lower infant birth weights, according to the federal government…”