Senate Legislation Keeps PFAS on track to be Designated as Hazardous Substances under Superfund

The United States Senate introduced legislation that would classify PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under the Superfund (CERLCA/SARA).  The legislation, if enacted, provides an enforcement and cost recovery tool for the U.S. EPA to track down polluters and hold them responsible for clean-up costs associated with PFAS contamination.

The Senate’s PFAS Action Act of 2019 will require the U.S. EPA to designate PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under Superfund within one year.  It will also provide communities impacted by PFAS contamination with Superfund remediation options.  The bill was introduced by a bipartisan group of 12 senators including Michigan senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

The PFAS Action Act of 2019 is a response to the growing PFAS crisis in the United States.  There are nearly 200 identified PFAS contamination sites in 40 states. Recent estimates state that water supplies for as many as 110 million Americans may be contaminated with PFAS.

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