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Invented in Russia at the start of the 20th century, a foam that’s used of several different chemicals have been used by firefighters to put out flames, becoming very frequently used in the decades that followed its creation. However, in recent years, there’s been a bit of a backlash against the foam, especially when it comes to the environmental and health impacts that the foam could have. Now, lawmakers in Albany are faced with the future of firefighting foam, seeking alternatives.

Legislation was put into place to ban the use of the foam that contains P-FAS substances, though nothing has been signed into law just yet. There has to be more research conducted into the actual effects of these foams, though the proposed bill has been getting support. This is especially true after the United States Department of Defense signed a lengthy contract with Norlite, who creates the foam that has been used, and has been a target of environmentalist groups in recent years.

There have been several class action lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of firefighters over the years that have used these foams, and are now suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer. “Toxic chemicals have reportedly been used to make firefighting foam for more than half a century,” one class action suit said. “Although the firefighting foam is effective at stopping dangerous fires, the chemicals used to make the foam have been associated with significant...health effects, including some types of cancer.”

There have been bans in some parts of the United States, and New York is among the latest to say that these foams should no longer be used. In the meantime, there are P-FAS-free foams that are being developed by scientists that would be just as effective without having harmful chemicals. The US Department of Defense has introduced a Flourine-Free Firefighting Foam called 3F that is expected to be used in the coming years. “We have used it on two separate aircraft fires, and it worked perfectly,” a document read about its use.

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