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SPRINGFIELD – PFAs, also known as “forever chemicals”,  are of great concern to the environment and people’s health. To prevent these chemicals from further contaminating our environment, State Senator Laura Fine is leading a measure that will establish a “take-back” program for existing firefighting foams that contain these hazardous substances. 

In 2021, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 561, which ends the manufacture and sales of firefighting foam with PFAs by January 2025. To further protect from these chemicals, Fine sponsored House Bill 3508, which will establish a take-back program for firefighting foam that contains PFAS. This program will run for five years or until the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal finds that no more firefighting foam contains PFAS. This is an important step to protect our environment and our ecosystem.

“Research has shown that the PFAs in firefighting foam can seep into our water supply and cannot be removed in the water treatment process,” said Fine (D-Glenview). “It is vital to stop the ongoing use of products with PFAS to preserve our environment and prevent adverse health effects.”

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are human-made chemicals that have been used to make nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water and oil. Most PFAS do not break down and remain in the soil, water and air, causing potentially harmful health effects in humans and animals over time.

"While we continue to learn about the potential harmful health effects from PFAS chemicals, we must take steps necessary to prevent these compounds from contaminating our environment. HB 3508, which I introduced in the House, is one step towards that goal,” said State Representative Anna Moeller (D-Elgin).  “I thank Sen. Fine for sponsoring this bill in the Senate and look forward to having the legislation signed into law."

House Bill 3508 passed the Senate Wednesday. It now goes to the House for a concurrence vote.