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August 2022 PFAS Legislative Developments

PFAS Testing in Consumer Products

  • Federal Level

  • Key point addressed: Establish research program for feminine products 

Clean Air Efforts

  • States involved: CA

  • Key point addressed: Provide research to assist with avoiding air pollution that may be harmful to children.

Surface Water Disclosure

  • States Involved: NY

  • Key point addressed: Requires publicly owned treatment works and people who discharge industrial waste to such treatment works to disclose the measurement PFAs

New Bills This Period

PFAS Legislation

Federal

  • One Federal bill introduced in August mentioning PFAS

    • H.R. 8724

State

  • Two State bills introduced in August mentioning PFAS

    • CA – 1

    • NY – 1

Highlighted Bills – PFAS Legislation

Federal

Federal Legislature Bill: HR 8724​

  • Bill NameRobin Danielson Menstrual Product and Intimate Care Product Safety Act of 2022. 

  • SponsorsRep. Carolyn Maloney (D) (NY)/li>

  • Introduced: 8/16/2022

  • Status: (8/16/2022) Referred to House Committee on Energy and Commerce

  • Summary: An act to amend the Public Health Service Act to establish a program of research regarding the risks posed by the presence of PFAS, dioxins, phthalates, pesticides, chemical fragrances, and other components of menstrual products and intimate care products.

State

State Bill: S 9525 (NY)

  • Bill NameEnacts the “PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act” 

  • SponsorsSen. Rachel May

  • Introduced: 8/5/2022

  • Status: (8/5/2022) Referred to Rules

  • Summary: Enacts the “PFAS surface water discharge disclosure act”; requires publicly owned treatment works and people who discharge industrial waste to such treatment works to disclose the measurement of per- and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals found in any discharge into the state waterways.

State Bill: HR 123 (CA)

  • Bill NameRelative to Children’s Environmental Health Month. 

  • SponsorsRep. Reyes

  • Introduced: 8/2/2022

  • Status: (8/18/2022) Read and adopted (73 Ayes. 0 Noes)

  • Summary: Children’s Environmental Health Month established to encourage individuals and organizations to raise awareness and understanding of children’s environmental health issues, seek improved environmental health policies and protections for children, and perform acts of sustainability or environmental health wellness. Portion of the awareness should address childrens exposure to PFAs.

Updates on Previously Highlighted Bills

Federal

Federal Bill: S 4348

  • Bill: Preventing PFAS Runoff at Airports Act

  • Sponsors:Sen. Garry Peters (MI)

  • Introduced: 2/16/2022

  • Status: (8/2/22) Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Cantwell with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 117-138. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 462.

  • Summary A bill to temporarily increase the cost share authority for aqueous film forming foam input-based testing equipment, and for other purposes.

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