New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state is banning the disposal of toxic firefighting foam by incineration in certain cities.

Bob Joseph/ WNBF News (file)
Bob Joseph/ WNBF News (file)

The move comes after environmental groups raised concerns about an Albany-area firm that had incinerated Aqueous Film Form Foam containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals under a Department of Defense contract.

The Associated Press reports the law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on November 23 was designed to prevent the Norlite hazardous waste incinerator in Cohoes from burning foam containing chemicals known by the acronym PFAS.

The Department of Environmental Conservation ordered Norlite to cease disposal of the material in 2019 and the city of Cohoes enacted a one-year moratorium on PFAS incineration last April.

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