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Broad PFAS Bill Clears US House for Second Consecutive Year, Chemical Watch

July 22, 2021

Partner Stephanie Feingold spoke with Chemical Watch regarding the US House of Representatives’ approval of an expansive measure to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), seeking a pause on new compounds entering commerce, thorough toxicity testing, and more. In the article Stephanie noted that the new PFAS moratorium would hinder the production of effective lower-hazard alternatives. To shape future decisions, she said that “groupings based on common characteristics would make more sense than just a class-wide categorization” due to variations ranging from health outcomes to ecological persistence. Although the measure aligns with public sentiment, Stephanie said, its stringent cutoff dates could make “regulations vulnerable to challenge down the road if they end up having to be rushed” ahead of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s existing statutory schedule.

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