The US House of Representatives adopted sweeping measures to combat pollution by and against polyfluoroalkyls substances (PFAS) in soil, water and air on 21 July.
The proposal may cost the fluorochemical industry millions of people to remove polluted sites and to limit PFAS emissions from fabrics when passed by Senate and signed by president. To maintain their PFAS on the U.S. market, chemical firms would also have to finance toxicity research. Furthermore, for 5 years the measure would prohibit the introduction of new PFAS into US trade.
“This is a nonpartisan and community-wide issue,” said Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), a proponent of the measure, in a statement. “Too many Americans drink polluted water.”The law, H.R. 2467, would speed up the procedures for regulating pollution or forcing chemical producers to test their goods.The project mainly targets the two common contaminants, (Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS), and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), that are no longer produced or sold in the United States. The EPO should also decide if comparable limits should be imposed on additional PFAS in five years’ time.