Shaheen Helps Reintroduce Bipartisan Bill to Support Farmers Affected by PFAS

March 13, 2023

Read the full press release by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen

"U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) helped reintroduce bipartisan legislation led by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME), the Relief for Farmers Hit with PFAS Act, to provide vital assistance to farmers affected by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure.  

PFAS are man-made “forever” chemicals that are used in industry and consumer products and can lead to serious health effects. PFAS contamination has prevented some farms from selling their products, creating financial hardship for affected family farmers. 

“The widespread effects of PFAS contamination have dangerous implications for New England’s farmers. As we work in Congress to address the full scope of this pervasive issue, providing financial relief to farmers who are navigating challenges by PFAS contamination is an important first step,” said Senator Shaheen. “The Relief for Farmers Hit with PFAS Act provides a comprehensive approach to helping farmers impacted by these chemicals by establishing educational programs for affected individuals, in addition to increased water and soil testing and remediation. These resources are critical to supporting their operations while broader, systemic actions to prevent, remediate and stop PFAS contamination are underway. I’ll keep working to ensure our farmers and all those impacted by these adverse chemicals have the tools and information they need.”