Lansing — Michigan has disposed of additional than 50,000 gallons of probably destructive firefighting foam considering that 2019. 

Firefighters and environmental advocates say that isn’t ample.

The foam specific for removing is made up of PFAS, an abbreviation for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a group of made substances made use of considering that the 1950s, but that scientists now link to hazardous results on persons and the environment. Mainly because of this, Michigan is working to limit their use.

Exposure to contemporary fires suggests better cancer pitfalls, claimed Rep. Jeff Yaroch, R-Richmond. Constant exposure to PFAS foam increases that risk.

“When I was a firefighter, we weren’t aware this foam was that lousy for us,” Yaroch reported. “Now that we know, we need to have to acquire action.”

Michigan is a single of the leading states on PFAS difficulties, specially as it relates to firefighting foams, Yaroch mentioned. 

The foam is no extended authorized for training or calibration of equipment, Yaroch stated. But it’s nonetheless necessary to put out what are regarded as course B fires, the type that require substances like gasoline, oil and jet gas. 

The condition assists with disposal and encourages buys of safer foams.