South Carolina officials search records for foam’s use

FILE - Firefighter using foam.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina is one of a dozen states beginning to investigate whether a toxic firefighting foam that could be linked to groundwater contamination was ever used in the state.

The state is acting as the military is checking 664 bases nationwide for potential contamination that could have been trigged by use of the foam.

The foam contains chemicals – known as perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs – which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses.

DHEC spokesman Robert Yanity said that given the new concern over the potential toxic possibility of compounds in the foam the state will search records for fires where the foam may have been used and evaluate whether environmental sampling may be warranted at those sites.

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