Pair of PFAS Bills introduced in Senate

Aug. 29, 2018
U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan have introduced bipartisan legislation that would provide cleanup aid and more monitoring of PFAS in the environment.

WASHINGTON, AUG 29, 2018 -- Lawmakers have introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at making sure federal agencies are held accountable for cleaning up PFAS contamination across the country.

The PFAS Accountability Act calls for federal facilities, including military installations, to expedite cooperative agreements with states to address PFAS contamination. The PFAS Detection Act provides the U.S. Geological Survey with $45 million over five years to monitor the natural environment for the chemicals.

In May 2016, the U.S. EPA set permanent health advisories for PFOS and perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA at 70 parts per trillion.

Recently, President Donald Trump signed the Defense Authorization Act for 2019, which includes another $10 million secured by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH) for the first-ever study on the health effects faced by people exposed to PFAS chemicals.

Shaheen’s amendments to the act during the past two years include a total of $17 million toward the first two years of the first ever national PFAS health study.