Federal legislation to regulate PFAS could get House vote this month

2021-07-08

A sweeping bill that would regulate PFAS chemicals at the federal level recently cleared a key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The PFAS Action Act of 2021 passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee on June 23 with a 33-20 vote. The bill is now likely headed to the House floor, possibly within a few weeks.

If signed into law, the legislation could have significant implications for Cape Cod, where tests have shown detectable levels of PFAS in private drinking water wells and municipal water supplies.

Just this spring, testing found detectable levels of PFAS in three of Chatham’s nine public drinking water wells. In one well, levels were more than twice the level allowed by the state, causing the town to immediately shut the well down.

Background:‘Forever chemicals’ detected in Chatham drinking water wells

While other sources are being investigated, Joint Base Cape Cod, the Barnstable Municipal Airport and the Barnstable County Fire and Rescue Training Academy have all been identified as known sources of the migrating man-made chemicals, which were present in firefighting foam used at the sites.

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Cape Cod Times, 8 July 2021
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