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Ohio Senate passes bill banning foam containing chemicals linked to cancers during firefighter training

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-02 19:17:58-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Senate unanimously passed a bill banning fire departments in Ohio from using foam that contains PFAS during training; the so-called “forever chemicals” have been linked to several types of cancer and a host of other health conditions.

House Bill 158 now heads to Governor Mike DeWine’s desk to be signed into law.

The bill still permits the use of the Class B foam, which contains per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, during emergency firefighting, but bans their use for training purposes to cut down on firefighters’ exposure to the chemicals.

In 2020, News 5 Chief Investigator Ron Regan looked into PFAS, which are also used in the manufacture of non-stick fry pans and have been found in Ohio water supplies.

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Tune in to News 5 at 6 p.m. for a full report from investigator Sarah Buduson.