Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill banning the use of fire-fighting foam and food packaging containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
PFAS is a group of chemicals, per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances, which can be dangerous if they enter rivers and groundwater.
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The law prohibits the use of fire-fighting foam containing PFAS, or “AFFF”, as of October 1, 2021. But, as of today, AFFF is not authorized for use in training activities, said the governor.
PFAS, known as “forever chemicals” have been linked to health risks ranging from effects on developing fetuses and infants to some forms of cancer.
“I would like to think that we are going to be leaders and early when it comes to PFAS,” Lamont said Tuesday.
The law is phasing out food packaging containing PFAS by 2023.
“This new law makes Connecticut residents safer, clearer and more straightforward,” Lamont said in a statement. “Reducing the potential for another release of these chemicals forever into our environment and reducing the amount of PFAS-containing products circulating in our state is the right thing to do for the health of Connecticut residents and our environment. “