Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Improve Coordination Between Federal And Local Governments To Protect Communities From PFAS


On September 13, 2022, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chair of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, introduced bipartisan legislation to improve coordination between federal and local governments to protect Michiganders from exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). According to Peters’s September 13, 2022, press release, the PFAS Intergovernmental Coordination Act (S. 4829) would create a working group within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to improve intergovernmental coordination to address PFAS contamination. The working group would include representatives from federal agencies; state, local, and Tribal governments; and academic research institutions. It would meet quarterly for two years and would be tasked with providing a report to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform that outlines their recommendations and methodologies to improve responses to current PFAS contamination efforts and mitigate future contamination efforts.

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JDSupra, 21-10-22