Legislators reconsider bill to restrict PFAS-containing products within US military

June 9, 2021

Read the full article by Julia John (Chemical Watch)

"Two US Senators have reintroduced legislation that would stop the US Department of Defense from obtaining or selling products containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

The PFAS Free Military Purchasing Act looks to bar the military’s purchase or sale of a broad range of consumer goods containing the compounds. The proposal, similar to one considered last year by both chambers, seeks to prohibit PFASs in:

  • food packaging and non-stick cookware or foodservice ware;
  • carpets, rugs, curtains and upholstered furniture;
  • cosmetics, such as dental floss, toothpaste and sunscreen;
  • cleaning products;
  • furniture, floor, car and ski waxes;
  • car window treatments;
  • umbrellas;
  • luggage and bags; and
  • shoes and clothing containing nonessential PFASs.

"It’s unacceptable that taxpayer dollars are being spent on household products that expose our military members and their families to these toxic chemicals," said Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), who co-sponsored the bill alongside Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut)."