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PFAS Firefighter Grants Clear Hurdle as House Passes Biden Plan

Nov. 19, 2021, 5:58 PM

Firefighters moved a step closer to getting federal money for protective firefighting gear and firefighting foam that’s free of “forever chemicals” after the House passed Democrats’ massive social and climate spending package Friday.

The legislation includes $95 million to fund grants for local firefighters through the Federal Emergency Management Administration for personal protective equipment and to acquire foam free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The outlook for the Build Back Better package is unclear as it heads to the narrowly divided Senate, where Democrats are struggling to secure support from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). ...

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