Bill Banning PFAS in Firefighting Foam
Passes State Senate
A bill co-sponsored by Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) to reduce the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting activities passed in the Senate earlier this week. S439/A445 bans the entire class of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam from being used and manufactured in New York. It also requires written documentation of any PFAS chemicals found in personal firefighting equipment at the time of sale.
“We know how dangerous this chemical is when it gets into our drinking water,” said Senator Skoufis. “My district has been afflicted by PFAS contaminations and enough is enough. I’m sick and tired of my constituents’ right to clean and safe water continuously being threatened. This bill, which I was proud to co-sponsor, will ban PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam from being used and manufactured in this state. Banning this chemical is an incredibly important step in protecting the health of all New Yorkers and I look forward to continuing to work with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health in ensuring we become a PFAS-free state.”
Last month, firefighting foam including high levels of PFAS spilled into Silver Stream from Stewart Airport. Senator Skoufis immediately began working with the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of Health, and local town officials in remediating the situation. Senator Skoufis has also been working with stakeholders in the City of Newburgh, which has had multiple incidents of water contamination, to ensure that the State is supporting residents as much as possible.
The bill must pass the Assembly before it is delivered to the Governor’s desk for signature. The bill will take effect 19 days after it is signed into law.