[Blog] 2022 Analysis of State Legislation on PFAS and other Toxic Chemicals

February 7, 2022

Read the full article by Sarah Doll (Safer States)

"Safer States analyzed state-level policies on toxic chemical regulation, finding that at least 32 states will consider policies in 2022. Safer States anticipates that at least 210 policies will be under consideration in 2022 and efforts to combat toxic PFAS chemicals will continue to be the most prevalent issue. 

States considering toxics legislation include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Similar to 2021, PFAS chemicals will continue to be a major focus of proposed policies. PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances) are a class of more than 9000 chemicals used in everything from cookware, food packaging, and carpets to apparel and firefighting foams. PFAS are also widely used in industrial and manufacturing processes and then discharged into waterways. "