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BGOV Bill Summary: H.R. 535, PFAS ‘Forever Chemical’ Package (1)

Jan. 3, 2020, 3:18 PMUpdated: Jan. 8, 2020, 7:04 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency would have to take several steps to regulate and mitigate pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under a manager’s amendment to H.R. 535.

The measure, compiled by the House Energy and Commerce Committee from several PFAS-focused bills, would:

  • Effectively bar the manufacturing of new PFAS, sometimes known as “forever chemicals.”
  • Direct the EPA to establish drinking water standards for the chemicals and designate certain PFAS as hazardous substances under the law that governs the Superfund cleanup program.
  • Authorize $100 million in both fiscal 2020 and 2021 for a grant program to support the installation...
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