PFAS in the News

Representative Pricey Harrison has introduced three new PFAS bills into the 2020 legislative session for the House of Representatives.
House Bill 1108- PFAS Contamination Mitigation Measures
House Bill 1109- PFAS Manufacture/Use/Sale Ban
House Bill 1110- PFAS Studies
These bills would call for the elimination of use in North Carolina, disclosure requirements from discharges, and enforcement from Department of Environmental Quality, among many others.
Please review the bills, sponsors and co-sponsors, and contact your state representative to ask for their support of these bills!

Read more about House Bill 1108 here (download)

A new bill from Senate Democrats would roll out $20 billion in funding to remove cancer-linked “forever chemicals” from water as it contaminates supplies across the country.

The legislation, rolled out by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-N.H.) office Thursday, targets a class of chemicals known as PFAS used in everyday products, ranging from nonstick cookware to raincoats. They’ve been dubbed “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in the human body and the environment.

New York Moves to Regulate Industrial Contaminants

Lack of Regulations for Emerging Contaminants: Gen X, 1,4- Dioxane, and Chromium 6

The EPA has set clear limitations on 90 drinking water contaminants, but there are hundreds of “emerging contaminants” which have only recommended advisories, and are not enforceable. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires EPA to identify and monitor drinking water contaminants. However, the EPA isn’t regulating these contaminants fast enough, leaving the safety of our drinking water at risk.

Link to the full article from NC Policy Watch here.

Chemours releases toxic Gen X into Cape Fear River

Gen X is a new generation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) used in many industrial applications. GenX and an earlier version of the chemical, PFOA, have likely been discharged into the Cape Fear River since the 1980s without Wilmington’s knowledge. Both GenX and PFOA have been shown in lab studies to cause tumors and reproductive problems. This contamination of public drinking water sources has illustrated how our current regulatory framework leads to potentially hazardous levels of these chemicals in our public drinking water…(read more)