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Peters and Dingell bill to protect firefighters from hazardous PFAS chemicals becomes law

By January 1, 2023January 3rd, 2023PFAS in the news

Legislation led by U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) to help protect the health and safety of firefighters and emergency responders from PFAS exposure has been signed into law. The Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act directs federal agencies to develop best practices, training, and educational programs to reduce, limit and prevent exposure to PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they do not naturally break down. The bill would also require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to develop educational resources for firefighters on alternative foams and personal protective equipment that do not contain PFAS. Read more…