Jul. 20—Congress needs to pass legislation that both provides money for cleanup and gives federal regulators the power to crack down on polluters who release so-called "forever chemicals" into the environment,
"We need some policy changes and some additional regulation to allow
Under the legislation known as the PFAS Action Act of 2021, PFOA and PFOS — the two most researched PFAS — would be promptly regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. They would also be designated as hazardous substances under federal Superfund law.
Pappas said the bill also includes his provision for a grants program to help publicly-owned treatment systems remove these chemicals from drinking water sources.
It also would require the
"This is a bipartisan issue that is affecting all 50 states in this country," Pappas said.
The federal infrastructure bill pending in the
"We need to regulate these as a class or otherwise we find ourselves in this game of whack-a-mole where industry keeps creating other molecules," Rung said.
While the legislation has bipartisan support, some
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