Eliminate a Big Source of PFAS Pollution in our Water and Environment

The Legislature has worked for several years to restrict using PFAS from products where alternatives exist. In 2018 PFAS was restricted from firefighting foams, but waivers were included for special cases where PFAS was required by federal law, such as airports. Federal law is now being revised to eliminate those requirements. The Senate Committee on Environment, Energy & Technology will vote on ESHB 2265 on February 25 at 10 am to move it on to the Rules Committee as a candidate for a floor vote. It has already passed the House on a 92 to 4 vote. Nevertheless opposition remains from some users who are concerned about effectiveness and availability of the replacement foams. Testimony in committees indicates that airports internationally are using alternative foams satisfactorily and the application equipment requires minimal modification. Also, waivers remain available to handle special conditions. Firefighters who are most exposed to the dangers, and cities whose water supplies are at risk, are eager to transition to PFAS-free foams. Urge your Senator to help pass ESHB 2265.

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