Legislation Introduced to Address Emergency Responders’ Exposure to PFAS

On July 31, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Corey Gardner (R-CO), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced S. 2353, the Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances (PFAS) Act. The bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop best practices, training, and educational programs to reduce, limit, and prevent firefighters and other emergency responders from being exposed to polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a known carcinogen that is a component of certain firefighting foams.

“I’d like to thank Senators Peters, Gardner, Hassan, and Sullivan for their leadership in putting forward this important legislation,” said National Volunteer Fire Council Chair Steve Hirsch. “Firefighters have a greater risk of contracting and dying from cancer than the general public as a result of duty-related exposures. Enactment of this legislation will lead to improved health and safety outcomes for firefighters, EMS, rescue personnel.”