Lamont Signs Bill Limiting Use of PFAS

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Gov. Ned Lamont has signed a bill into law that prohibits the use of firefighting foam and food packaging that contain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.

PFAS is a group of chemicals, per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, that can be dangerous if it gets into rivers and groundwater.

Read the bill here.

The law bans the use of PFAS-containing firefighting foam, or “AFFF,” effective Oct 1, 2021. But, effective immediately, AFFF is not permitted for use in training activities, the governor said.

PFAS, known as “forever chemicals” have been linked to health risks ranging from developmental effects in fetuses and infants and certain forms of cancer.

"I'd like to think we're going to be leaders and early when it comes to PFAS," Lamont said Tuesday.

The law phases out PFAS-containing food packaging by 2023.

“This new law makes Connecticut residents safer, plain and simple,” Lamont said in a statement. “Reducing the potential for another release of these forever chemicals into our environment, and reducing the amount of PFAS-containing products in circulation in our state, is the right thing to do for the health of the residents of Connecticut and our environment.”

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