Statement Announcing the Passage of Legislation to Protect Public Health and Safety

Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblymember John McDonald Announce the Passage of Legislation to Prohibit the Incineration of Firefighting Foam to Protect Public Health and Safety

In February, Senator Neil Breslin and Assemblymember John T. McDonald III introduced legislation (A.9952/S.7880) to prohibit the incineration of firefighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We introduced this legislation within weeks after learning that the U.S. Department of Defense entered into a contract with the Norlite facility in Cohoes to incinerate PFAS firefighting foam without appropriate environmental review and while the Environmental Protection Agency was still evaluating the disposal practice.

As we have seen in Hoosick Falls and other communities, the risks associated with PFAS contamination are of great concern to human health. Swift action was necessary to keep our communities' air clean and to protect our residents of Cohoes and the surrounding communities.

Today, we are proud to say this bill has passed both houses of the State Legislature. We appreciate the support from all our federal, state, and local colleagues, along with our environmental partners' strong advocacy on this issue. We look forward to the executive’s support for this measure.

For detailed information on this legislation, click here.

John McDonald


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McDonald for Assembly
P.O. Box 7208

Albany, NY 12224

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