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New bill will protect emergency responders from PFAS exposure

PFAS exposure

A bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis will help to protect firefighters and emergency responders in the United States from harmful PFAS exposure.

PFAS can be found in firefighting foams and personal protective equipment. If passed the bill would ensure that PFAS exposure is reduced, there will be a reduction of the substance being released in to the environment and guidance would be issued on finding alternative PPE and firefighting foam for emergency responders.

“Firefighters and first responders put their lives on the line to keep communities safe, and they should not have to worry about being exposed to harmful chemicals like PFAS when called to emergencies,” said Sen. Tillis. “This legislation will develop guidelines to keep our first responders safe and limit the introduction of these harmful contaminants into the environment.” 

Research has shown that PFAS can stay in the homan body for a sustained period of time, and people who are exposed to it can suffer adverse health affects.