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Nonstick Chemical Bills Not Ready for Prime Time, Barrasso Says

May 22, 2019, 4:47 PM

The head of the Senate’s environment panel is wary of regulating a class of thousands of chemical compounds at once—a position that threatens progress toward a legislative package addressing the ubiquitous compounds’ presence as environmental contaminants.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) chairs the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, which met May 22 to discuss six bills addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Most of the bills address the chemicals as a class.

Those bills aren’t yet ready for a markup, and as a result are unlikely to become part of the Senate’s defense authorization bill, he said after the...

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