New York legislature approves bill to ban PFAS in food containers


ALBANY — In what may be the latest battlefront over potentially toxic PFAS chemicals in the environment, the state Legislature has approved a bill that would ban using the substances in food packaging.

PFAS’s, or poly and perfluorooctanoic acids, are associated with health problems such as thyroid disorders and cancers. Discovery of the chemicals in the village of Hoosick Falls’ water supply several years ago prompted emergency measures followed by a planned rebuilding of the municipal system.

There also has been a move to ban PFAS incineration amid worries about emissions such as those coming from the Cohoes’ Norlite aggregate plant, which had been burning firefighting foam made with the substance.

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Times Union, 26 July 2020