Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) signed legislation Tuesday to eliminate “forever chemicals” from certain consumer products and specialized firefighting foams, his office confirmed.
The bill, S. 20, which passed unanimously by the state legislature, bans per- and polyfluroalkyl substances, or PFAS, from rugs, carpets, and chemicals used to make floor coverings stain and water resistant by July 1, 2023.
- PFAS and two other groups of chemicals—bisphenols and phthalates—would be banned from food packaging by the same 2023 deadline.
- The law also largely bans PFAS from firefighting foams used for fuel and other hard-to-extinguish fires, and requires labeling of firefighting equipment ...