House OKs Far-Reaching PFAS Control Bill With Some GOP Support

July 21, 2021, 7:23 PM

The House approved a comprehensive bill requiring the EPA to regulate the most concerning “forever chemicals” and make decisions on others—but its Senate prospects are unclear.

The PFAS Action Act of 2021 (H.R. 2467) was approved Wednesday on a 241-183 vote, with 23 Republicans supporting the bill.

In backing the measure, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pointed to the potential for some per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to harm infants and children, something Environmental Protection Agency researchers have recognized since at least 2005. Additional problems associated with some of the thousands of PFAS include reduced vaccine effectiveness, elevated cholesterol, ...

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