Moran and Capito propose bipartisan bill to limit spills of toxic chemicals at commercial airports


A bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. senses Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) would make more Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding available to commercial airports to buy needed aircraft to test their firefighting equipment without discharging toxic substances. chemical products.

The Airport PFAS Runoff Prevention Act, S. 3662, is intended to help reduce the spread of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination at commercial airports by encouraging them to purchase the aircraft – also called input-based testing system. , according to a summary of the bill provided by Senator Capito’s office. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) and co-sponsored by Sens. Moran and Capito.

“The FAA requires regular testing of firefighting equipment, which can place undue burdens on regional commercial airports and result in the release of harmful chemicals like PFAS,” Senator Capito said.

If passed, Senator Capito said the bill would benefit several West Virginia airports, including Yeager, Greenbrier and Mid-Ohio Valley, by improving the safety of their overall operations.

“This bill would allow them to purchase equipment to test their airport rescue and firefighting equipment without scattering PFAS foam, and I am proud to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues today who present,” she said.

Specifically, Section 3662 would make more FAA Airport Improvement Program funding available to commercial airports to purchase the aircraft, and would direct the FAA to identify reimbursement options for airports that have already acquired devices without federal funding, the summary says.

Senator Moran said commercial airports should have this equipment so as not to expose firefighters or surrounding communities to toxic PFAS foams.

“I am pleased to introduce this legislation with Senator Peters and my colleagues, to promote the health and well-being of firefighters and aviation workers at commercial airports, and to protect the communities around them,” said Senator Moran.


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