Klobuchar met with
The bill is awaiting signature by President
Klobuchar was given a guided tour of the station and information about how the department helps prevent cancer.
Three of the
Klobuchar said buildings now include more flammable materials, adding a recent study found the No. 1 cause of death for firefighters is cancer, not fires.
After the meeting, Klobuchar said cancer
Klobuchar said measuring cancer rates in firefighters cannot be done by individual doctors, noting the legislation allows firefighter cancer rates to be measured by area and other factors, including the role possible new carcinogens in technology items have in firefighters developing cancer.
"We've seen some similar things with burn pits in
Klobuchar said she developed a relationship with firefighters during her time as a prosecutor.
Though states have established firefighter cancer registries, Klobuchar said the federal legislation is needed to have a better idea of cancer rates.
"That's why I am really excited about this bill coming through the
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