Washington State may be the first state to ban toxic firefighting foams.
State Sen. Kevin Van De Wege, D-Sequim, is one of the bill’s sponsors and a firefighter. He said the No. 1 cause of death for firefighters is cancer.
“By phasing out this foam, we can protect groundwater and the health of firefighters who regularly use this foam to suppress fires,” he said. “There’s a lot of this foam around. It’s not used very much, and my goal is — over the coming years — to get it out of the state.”
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