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House Adopts PFAS, Water Loan Amendments to EPA Spending Bill

July 23, 2020, 8:27 PM

The House on Thursday adopted a bipartisan amendment to a fiscal 2021 spending package (H.R. 7608) that would prohibit the EPA from using money to withdraw a proposed rule that would designate so-called “forever chemicals” as hazardous substances.

The measure, led by Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), would ensure that the proposed rule to categorize perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law isn’t scrapped in fiscal 2021. PFOA and PFOS are two of the most studied per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals in terms of their health impacts.

The amendment, included in...

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