In Brief: California lawmakers vote to phase out toxic firefighting foam

The Los Angeles Times reported this week that California lawmakers have voted to phase out the use of firefighting foam that contains so-called forever chemicals, toxins that have been linked to cancer and have been found in drinking water across this state and many others. The measure must still be signed into law by Gov. Newsom.

The new law would require fire departments, chemical plants and oil refineries to gradually stop the use of the foam, which contains compounds known collectively as PFAS. The chemicals are considered tough to remove because they have long lifespans and accumulate in human tissue. The pending California law gives different industrial users, including the military, several years to phase out use of the foam.

Read more here from the Los Angeles Times.

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