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Commonwealth Begins Program to Remove Legacy Firefighting Foams from Fire Department Stockpiles

New Initiative Targets Old Foam That Could Impact Environment, Public Health

In a continued effort to protect the environment and the public health, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (MassDFS), today announced a take-back program to assist fire departments in the proper disposal of legacy firefighting foams that could impact water resources.

The pre-2003 versions of the foam use certain perfluorinated compounds, which are designated as an emerging contaminant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These compounds have contaminated some groundwater and drinking water sources across the country. The take-back program will ensure that these foams are removed from current stockpiles and neutralized.

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