Colorado passes limits on dangerous ‘forever’ chemicals

2020-07-16

As federal regulations lag, state water officials unanimously pass new PFAS limits.

Colorado has its first policy to regulate so-called “forever” chemicals.

The state’s Water Quality Control Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to enact a policy to put new limits on per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS. The class of chemicals is a common ingredient in everything from nonstick pans to foam used to smother flames from jet fuel.

A growing body of scientific evidence has linked the chemicals to a range of health problems, including cancer and pregnancy issues. Meanwhile, federal efforts to regulate the chemicals have lagged, leaving states to take action on their own.

Liz Rosenbaum, founder of the Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition, was relieved to see Colorado join the list of states cracking down on the chemicals.

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High Country News, 16 July 2020
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