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New York Moves to Ban Burning of Firefighting Foam With PFAS (1)

June 10, 2020, 4:15 PMUpdated: June 10, 2020, 8:42 PM

New York’s state Legislature has sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) a bill that would ban the burning of firefighting foam containing PFAS in a small upstate community.

The measure (A.9952B/S.7880), passed late Tuesday, would prohibit the burning of aqueous film-forming foam, known as AFFF, and associated perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS. It applies to Cohoes, an Albany County city where the Norlite Hazardous Waste facility is located.

If Cuomo signs the bill, it would take effect immediately. Cuomo spokesman Jason Conwall in an email said his office will review the bill, and noted that...

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