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California Advances Bill Banning PFAS in Firefighting Foam

Aug. 31, 2020, 1:23 AM

California legislators are sending a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) that would ban the use of so-called forever chemicals in firefighting foam, and require warnings if firefighting gear contains the compounds.

SB 1044 passed the Senate on Sunday, three days after it passed the Assembly.

The bill would ban the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of Class B firefighting foams if they contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Class B foam, which is used to put out flammable liquid fires, is used at airports, refineries, chemical plants, and military facilities.

The ban would take effect in 2022, but ...