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States, Utilities Demand More EPA ‘Forever Chemicals’ Rules (1)

June 9, 2021, 3:27 PM; Updated: June 9, 2021, 6:04 PM

Congress must direct the EPA to designate at least some “forever chemicals” as hazardous wastes and seek data on those chemicals’ uses and their health effects, state and water utility officials told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Legislators must direct the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate older per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as a hazardous waste, James C. Kenney, secretary for New Mexico’s Environment Department, told the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.

The Department of Defense—a major source of certain PFAS in sources of drinking water and the environment—is refusing to clean up wastes unless the chemicals receive such ...

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