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AG sues companies over P-FAS contamination at NC airport, two ENC military installations

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Aqueous Film Forming Foam, or AFFF, has been around since the 1960s. It's mixed with water and used to extinguish fires that contain flammable liquids, like jet fuel.

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has filed two more lawsuits over P-FAS contamination. At issue is a chemical foam used to fight fires.

Aqueous Film Forming Foam, or AFFF, has been around since the 1960s. It's mixed with water and used to extinguish fires that contain flammable liquids, like jet fuel.

AFFF can easily seep into groundwater.

Stein alleges there are high chemical concentrations at Piedmont Triad International Airport, Camp Lejeune, and Marine Corps Air Station New River.

The Attorney General's office is suing foam makers, including 3-M and Chemours.

Stein filed four similar suits last year.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that trials in some of those suits will begin next spring. 3-M could have to pay billions of dollars if it's found liable for pollution-related illnesses.