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  • House Democrats pull key PFAS provisions from defense bill


    6 Dec 2019 | Politico

    House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) have pulled from negotiations the provisions that would force the cleanup of the chemicals PFOA and PFOS under the Superfund law and to regulate them in drinking water. The Superfund provision, in particular, had been a major source of tension as House and Senate negotiators seek to finalize a deal on the defense bill this week.

  • Mark Ruffalo hopes his ‘Dark Waters’ film leads to environmental ‘revolution’


    20 Nov 2019 | Roll Call

    “Are we a country that is going to be responsive to people and make sure that our people remain healthy?” star of the upcoming film “Dark Waters,” asked a crowd gathered Tuesday on Capitol Hill. “Or are we going to be responsible only to the bottom line of corporations and their greed? Because right now the people are losing.”

  • Congress close to striking landmark PFAS deal, Chairman says


    14 Nov 2019 | Bloomberg Environment

    Congress’ two chambers have largely resolved their differences over which provisions relating to “forever chemicals” should stay in an annual defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee chairman said Nov. 13.

  • Congress Quickly Losing Patience With EPA on PFAS


    31 Oct 2019

    Republicans and Democrats alike on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said the agency is moving too slowly to set minimum standards for the presence of PFAS in water.

  • PFAS exposure may increase risk of breast cancer


    24 Oct 2019 | EWG News

    To reduce the risk of breast cancer and other health impacts from PFAS, Congress should include in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020 provisions that would quickly phase out the use of PFAS in military firefighting foam, reduce industrial discharges of PFAS, require reporting and monitoring for PFAS in ground and surface water, and jump-start the cleanup process under Superfund.

  • More than 2 dozen groups urge Wisconsin lawmakers to act on PFAS contamination


    24 Oct 2019 | Wisconsin State Journal

    The coalition is pushing for adoption of a bill known as the CLEAR Act, which would require the DNR to establish and enforce standards for at least six PFAS. Additionally, the CLEAR Act, would allow the DNR to require anyone who possesses PFAS to prove they have the financial means to clean up any potential contamination. Lawmakers are also considering a Republican-sponsored bill that would limit where firefighters and others could test or train with foam containing PFAS.

  • For PFAS, hazardous designation is not a ban


    15 Oct 2019 | EWG News

    Designating PFAS as “hazardous substances” is critical to cleaning up legacy contamination [and is different than a ban]. There are currently 761 substances on the CERCLA hazardous substances list. Almost 700 of them have been on the list since the law was passed in 1980. An EWG analysis found that at least 599, or 79 percent of these chemicals are likely still in active use in commerce today. What’s more, 339 of the CERCLA hazardous substances chemicals, or 44 percent, are not only in production, but likely produced at high volumes.

  • Michigan House of Reps passes AFFF bills


    5 Oct 2019 | Alpena News

    A package of three bills that would keep better tabs on the amount of hazardous firefighting foam used in the state was passed in the state House and is headed to the Senate.

  • Peters' resolution to phase out PFAS in fire fighting foam passes Senate


    25 Sep 2019 | WKZO AM/FM

    The unanimously passed resolution is calling for the final National Defense bill sent to the President to include a provision prohibiting the Department of Defense from using firefighting foams containing PFAS by the end of 2023.

  • Trump threatens to veto first ever Congressional Action on ‘forever chemicals’


    22 Sep 2019 | Truthout

    President Trump has threatened to veto the National Defense Authorization Act if it contains current amendments that would protect soldiers — and surrounding communities — impacted by the U.S. military’s use of PFAS-laden firefighting foam. Congress has until early October to submit an agreed-upon, merged bill to the president.

  • New science on PFAS chemicals should mobilize our senators


    19 Sep 2019 | The Fayetteville Observer

    A peer-reviewed study, published this month in the prestigious Chemical Engineeri Journal, found short-chain PFAS chemicals, like GenX, are more widely detected, more persistent, and more mobile than long-chain PFAS chemicals they were designed to replace--such as PFOA and PFOS... This is profound news considering PFAS chemical makers, like Chemours, continue to claim GenX and other short-chain PFAS are safer replacements.

  • Guest opinion: How to expedite PFAS contamination cleanup


    13 Sep 2019 | The Intelligencer

    If this national crisis isn’t important enough for the EPA to flex its muscle, what is? If it never exercises its authority, it’s as if it has none.

  • [Recording] U.S. House Subcommittee Hearing: The Devil They Knew: PFAS Contamination and the Need for Corporate Accountability, Part III


    10 Sep 2019

    A recording and supporting documents from September 10, 2019 U.S. House Subcommittee on Environment hearing on PFAS.

  • Lawmakers push for state limit on PFAS in Delaware drinking water


    6 Sep 2019 | Delaware Public Media

    Leaders of the State Senate Environmental and Natural Resources Committee and House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter 1 to Gov. John Carney asking him to direct the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Department of Health and Social Services to develop MCL rulemakings for PFAS in public drinking water.

  • New Hampshire bans PFAS in firefighting foam


    4 Sep 2019

    New Hampshire has banned firefighting foams containing perfluoroalkyl chemicals.