N.J. accuses chemical giants of selling toxic firefighting foam despite knowing health risks

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MICHAEL SOL WARREN / NJ.COM – Sometimes fighting a fire takes more than water.

Firefighters across New Jersey — particularly those working on military bases and at airports — use a special type of foam which smothers fires that water would be otherwise ineffective against. The foam is called aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF).

Not all AFFF products are the same, but for decades many of them were made with toxic chemicals known as PFOS and PFOA (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and perfluorooctanoic acid) that today are being found in drinking water systems across the Garden State …

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