Ohio Becomes First State to Remove PFAS in Firefighting Foams

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PFAS—per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, often called ‘forever chemicals’ for their unyielding persistence in the environment and bodies—are the subject of mounting concern and global regulatory actions. Among the sources of PFAS exposure is firefighting foam, particularly Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF).

PFAS are valued for their water and grease resistance, which are commonly found in everyday products like non-stick cookware and food packaging. However, their adverse effects on human health and the environment have drawn significant concern. Studies link PFAS exposure to various health issues, including immune system disorders, hormonal interference, developmental complications, and an increased risk of cancer. PFAS’s environmental persistence leads to long-term contamination of water bodies and soil, posing risks to wildlife and bioaccumulation in the food chain.

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