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Colorado Bans Use of PFAS Chemicals in Fire Training

June 4, 2019, 10:12 PM

Colorado is banning “forever” chemicals used in firefighting exercises and which have been shown to cause harmful human health effects.

Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a bill (H.B. 1279) June 3 prohibiting fire departments—beginning in two months—from using for testing or training purposes foam systems containing per- and polyflouroalkyl substances, known as PFAS chemicals, which the Environmental Protection Agency said can cause adverse human health effects.

The historic use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foams contaminated the drinking water of nearly 100,000 residents near Fountain, Colo., including five water systems downstream from Peterson Air Force Base,...

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