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NANTUCKET — The flame-retardant firefighting foam Noah Karberg has seen sprayed in test exercises at Nantucket Memorial Airport has grown into one of the airport’s biggest concerns. The foam contains potentially cancer-causing contaminants called polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS.

They’re pervasive chemicals that seep into and saturate groundwater indefinitely, earning them the nickname, “the forever drug.”

“We’ve been using firefighting foam, which has been represented as safe by the manufacturer and required by the federal government, and now we learn that there’s a potential for us to have contributed to a public-health issue and that’s mortifying for us,” Karberg, assistant airport manager, said last week.

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