On Tuesday, April 13, Reps. Debbie Dingell and Fred Upton, both D-Mich., introduced the PFAS Action Act of 2021, seeking further regulation of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS). Most notably, the bill would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take action to address two PFAS chemicals — PFOA and PFOS — through a number of regulatory provisions: designating PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, designating PFOA and PFOS as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, and requiring EPA to establish national drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS. Additionally, the bill would require EPA to place discharge limits on industrial releases of PFAS, provide $200 million annually for wastewater treatment, prohibit unsafe incineration of PFAS waste, place a moratorium on the introduction of new PFAS chemicals into commerce, require comprehensive PFAS health testing, and create a voluntary label for PFAS in cookware.
The bill was introduced with 25 bipartisan cosponsors and mirrors the PFAS Action Act of 2019, which passed the House in the last Congress.
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