AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast

Recap of Congressional Hearing on PFAS

March 27, 2021 Kevin Ferrara Season 2 Episode 7
AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast
Recap of Congressional Hearing on PFAS
Show Notes

The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara starts off this episode by summarizing the recent Remediation and Impact of PFAS Congressional hearing that occurred on March 24 not on the 25th as Kevin misstated in his podcast.

Kevin gives his opinion on what he heard during witness testimony and why he feels what the DoD said, or didn't say supports the concerns of veterans and military firefighters.  Kevin continues his discussion by highlighting several comments made by Dr. Jamie Dewitt from East Carolina University and Erin Brockovich who both were able to opine their concerns regarding PFAS and how it has and continues to impact veterans, firefighters, and communities surrounding former and active military installations.

Kevin then briefly speaks about several issues affecting the fire service with the first about firefighter training and certification and how doing such, can result in a high dividend return for not only the emergency service organization but the community as well.

As the episode closes, Kevin speaks about firefighters intentionally placing firefighter turnout gear on their children for photos.  Kevin speaks to this action as not only being dangerous but irresponsible considering the evidence regarding toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of firefighter turnout gear.  Kevin states that even washed turnout gear is dangerous because PFAS does not come off during launderings.

Links:

Remediation and Impact of PFAS Hearing

Air Force's Refusal to Follow Michigan Law During Wurtsmith Cleanup

Military Times Article on Military Installations with Toxic "Forever Chemicals"

PFAS Study in Fire Station Dust

Notre Dame News Article on Firefighter Gear Treated With "Forever Chemicals"

Stars & Stripes Article on Lawmakers Efforts To Deal With Cancer-Causing Chemicals

 
Ms. Brockovich Goes to Washington, The Brockovich Report

Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 6 Final Report

Feedspot's Top 15 Fire Protection & Safety Podcasts You Must Follow in 2021



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