Protect Public Health Firegfighter Safety Regulation PFAS Polyfluoroalkyl Substances
Training and testing restrictions with certain firefighting foams - restriction on sale of certain firefighting foams - notification of chemicals in protective equipment -survey. The act prohibits the use of class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS foam) for training purposes or for testing firefighting foam fire systems and creates a civil penalty for doing so.
The act also creates the "Firefighting Foams Control Act" (act) which:
- Prohibits the sale of PFAS foam in certain circumstances;
- Requires manufacturers of PFAS foam to notify sellers of the provisions of the act;
- Requires manufacturers to disclose whether the personal protective equipment they produce contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances;
- Allows for the department of public health and environment to request a certificate of compliance from a manufacturer of class B firefighting foam or firefighting personal protective equipment to ensure that those manufacturers are complying with the limitations on the manufacture of PFAS foam as set forth in the act;
- Creates a civil penalty for violating the provisions of the act; and
- Requires the department of public health and environment to conduct a survey to determine the amount of PFAS foam currently held, used, and disposed of by fire departments.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)