Congress Will Need to Strike Climate, PFAS Deals on Defense Bill

Aug. 28, 2019, 10:58 AM

One of Congress’ urgent September tasks: finding a compromise between House and Senate versions of an annual defense bill that take different approaches to climate change and potentially hazardous nonstick chemicals, Dean Scott writes.

  • The House and Senate have both passed defense authorization bills (H.R. 2500, S. 1790) that address exposures to chemicals known as PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. But the Democratic-controlled House’s version designates those chemicals as hazardous under the Superfund law, which would open the door to much more expansive regulation than the Senate bill.
  • The House bill also goes further ...

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