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House Passes PFAS Regulations

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A number of United States Representatives from Michigan Thursday applauded legislation that would regulate toxic chemicals in drinking water supplies.

The United States House passed the PFAS Action Act of 2021 on Wednesday with a number of Michigan Republican representatives crossing party lines in support.

The bill would designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, as hazardous substances, which would then force federal cleanup standards.

Leading the effort in securing bipartisan support of the bill is Michigan Democrat Debbie Dingle and Republican Fred Upton. Dingle praised lawmakers Thursday morning for coming together for the greater good.

“We are working as a delegation to address this issue,” Dingle said. “The fact is that PFAS is a public health crisis.”

Called forever chemicals because of the compound’s inability to break down over time, PFAS is used primarily in firefighting foam and in the waterproofing agent ScotchGard—however, the chemical has made into private wells and drinking water supplies across the state and country. If enough is consumed, over time the chemical can lead to a laundry list of health concerns including cancer.

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