A bill that would ban PFAS in suppressant foams used to fight fires is heading to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.
The bill is meant to address the use of the chemical, which has been found in federal military installations, including Stewart Air National Guard Base in the Hudson Valley.
The foam’s discharge has been found in water supplies in Hudson Valley communities. A bill on the federal level that would ban the chemical in fire suppressant foams is in congressional committee.
“PFAS chemicals are proven to be dangerous and have serious harmful health impacts, and have caused contamination of public and private water supplies in and around my district,” said Assemblyman Colin Schmitt, a Republican who backed the bill.
“Despite PFAS firefighting foam from Stewart Air National Guard Base being the cause of the severe water contamination crisis in our region, the federal government is still allowing its use. We cannot sit idly by and allow this to continue. I am proud of the bipartisan passage of this bill and urge the governor to immediately sign this legislation.”