Wisconsin fire agencies ditch hazardous firefighting foam

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MADISON, Wis. (AP)- Some Wisconsin fire departments have stopped using firefighting foam that contains a group of man-made chemicals that have been linked to increased cholesterol and cancer risk, among other health hazards.

The Wisconsin Public Radio reports the Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances contaminate the state’s groundwater and waterways, and are also found in products like nonstick pans.

In mid-December, the Madison Fire Department switched to fluorine-free foam.