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Gillibrand presses FDA on PFAS

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) recently co-signed a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration urging the agency to take immediate action to enable U.S. civilian airports to use firefighting foam free of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

According to a press release, the 2018 FAA Reauthorization bill made it so that, as of Oct. 4, 2021, the FAA could no longer require that civilian airports use firefighting foams containing toxic PFAS chemicals.

However, airports have not been able to make the switch as the FAA has not authorized the use of any alternative PFAS-free foams, provided any information about applying the UL 162 performance requirements to fluorine-free foams…

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