Manufacturer-friendly PFAS bill abandoned by Indiana Senate committee

February 26, 2024

Read the full article by Casey Smith (Indiana Capital Chronicle)

"Indiana senators ditched a bill on Monday that would have changed the definition of toxic PFAS chemicals to exempt those that Hoosier manufacturers want to keep using.

House Bill 1399 would have carved out more than 5,000 “forever chemicals” from being defined as such by the state and its environmental rules board. The proposal sought to proactively exempt the chemicals in case state or federal regulators try to ban them in the future.

But Sen. Rick Niemeyer, R-Lowell, who chairs the Senate Environmental Affairs Committee, said Monday that he viewed the bill “as being a little proactive.”