Assistant Mayor Cliff Lazenby will ask the rest of the City Council to support his efforts to lobby the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to conduct a health study on firefighters who have been exposed to PFAS chemicals.
Lazenby said he intends to ask the City Council at Monday’s meeting to send a letter signed by Mayor Jack Blalock and the council asking NIOSH to conduct such a study.
“I am hopeful to have full support of the City Council,” Lazenby said Friday.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry announced in September that firefighters weren’t going to be included in the first-ever national study on people exposed to PFAS chemicals in their drinking water because firefighters could be exposed to PFAS in other ways.
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen established the first-in-the-nation study on PFAS exposure in the fiscal year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. She has since secured $20 million for the study, which will be conducted by the ATSDR.