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US House Passes PFAS Action Act

US House Passes PFAS Action Act

Author: Edward "Teddy" EynonDate: September 1, 2021

On July 21, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the PFAS Action Act of 2021 (H.R. 2467). The bipartisan legislation directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take several regulatory actions regarding per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including setting limits on some PFAS chemicals in drinking water and declaring them hazardous substances.

As discussed in prior articles, PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down easily in the environment or the human body due to the strong carbon-fluorine bond. Due to their resistance to grease, water, oil, and heat, they are most well-known for their applications in stain-resistant carpeting, water-resistant clothing, flame-retardant textiles and furniture, non-stick and grease-resistant food contact materials (e.g., cookware and fast food packaging), and firefighting foam.

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