Senate Committee to Consider Bipartisan PFAS Legislation
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a markup on Wednesday, June 19, to consider a substitute amendment to S. 1507, introduced by Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The legislation is designed to improve the availability of information related to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
The amended bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an enforceable drinking water limit for PFAS within two years, as well as require the agency to lay out plans for dealing with other emerging contaminants has more occurrence and health data is obtained.
APWA recently endorsed a separate bill, introduced by Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH). The legislation would help improve research into the human health implications of emerging contaminants in drinking water by establishing an interagency working group between the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The bill would also establish a National Emerging Contaminant Research Initiative to improve how communities deal with emerging contaminants. The endorsement letter was signed by nine other water sector stakeholders.