AUGUSTA — Maine lawmakers discussed a bill Monday that would prohibit the use of certain chemicals in firefighting foam.
The bill will prohibit the discharge of PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, in firefighting or fire suppression foam.
It would also mandate if the chemicals are used, they must be collected for proper disposal.
“As you heard before from me, PFAS has increasingly been found to have contaminated food and farms and IATP has been advocating for measures to investigate and meditate,” said Sharon Treat, senior attorney for the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy.
“Equally as important is to turn off the tap, to stop PFAS at the source, and hold manufacturers accountable. This is something that this legislation will do,” she said.
If the bill passes, it will not allow firefighting foam with PFAS to be made, sold or distributed in Maine beginning in January 2022.