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Gear treated with 'forever chemicals' poses risk to firefighters

Firefighters face occupational hazards on a daily basis. Now, new research shows they face additional risks just by gearing up. The fabric used for firefighter turnout gear tested positive for the presence of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), according to the study published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters, led by Graham Peaslee, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame. Peaslee embarked on a more extensive study after initial tests on gear samples showed significantly high levels of fluorine. Read more...




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