House Passes Bill Regulating ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

House Passes Bill Regulating ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, The House of Representatives passed a bill requiring the EPA to regulate
the usage of “Forever Chemicals” found in our drinking water. The bill itself would demand that the EPA
regulate the most common perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, PFOA and PFOS, within two
years of enactment. The bill would give the EPA five years both to determine whether all PFAS should be
designated as hazardous and to submit a review of the agency’s PFAS cleanup efforts. The EPA would
also have 180 days to add PFOA and PFOS to the Clean Air Act’s hazardous pollutants list and would
need to develop effluent limits for PFAS under the Clean Water Act. PFAS are a group of toxic
compounds linked to kidney and liver issues, among other health problems.

The bill itself passed with some bipartisan support 241-183. A well needed bill would have the EPA
categorize tiers of the different types of PFAS in our drinking water and adjust the test accordingly. A
final rule on testing would need to occur within two years. The bill would also limit industrial discharges
of PFAS and allocate $200 million annually from 2022 to 2026 for wastewater treatment, as well as
restrict incineration of PFAS wastes. The science behind getting rid of these PFAS matters to everyone’s
health.

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