Governor signs legislation banning PFAS in firefighting foam and food packaging

  • Source: WTIC-TV FOX 61 Hartford
  • Published: 07/21/2021 12:00 AM

On Tuesday, Gov. Ned Lamont held a bill signing ceremony by the Farmington River in Windsor for a new state law banning the use of firefighting foam and food packaging containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The substances are commonly known as PFAS, a large group of man-made, so-called “forever chemicals” used in a variety of materials and products around the world. The new law bans the use of PFAS-containing firefighting foam, or “AFFF,” effective October 1, 2021. Effective immediately, AFFF is not permitted for use in training activities. The law also phases out PFAS-containing food packaging by 2023, which allows time for the food and packaging industries to develop safe alternatives per the state’s desires.


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