The House this week will consider legislation to require the EPA to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, as hazardous substances.
The legislation would be the first major environmental bill the House will vote on this year and the first major piece of legislation the House will consider. Expectations are representatives will begin considering a bill Jan. 9 (H.R.535)
The PFAS legislation is a compilation of nearly a dozen separate Democratic bills related to the chemicals. The core pieces of the legislation would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to quickly issue regulations for PFAS, including deeming the most significant of the substances hazardous under the Superfund law and setting drinking water standards for the chemicals.