House Democrats add ‘forever chemicals’ provisions to defense bill after doping major amendment

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House Democrats added several amendments aimed at regulating a class of cancer-related chemicals called PFAS to a defense spending bill on Monday.The additions follow the house’s inability to add a broader amendment that would tackle substances.

PFAS chemicals are also often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to their persistence in nature and in the human body. They are found in fire-fighting foam used by the military as well as in various household products.

The House version of the bill, known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), is expected to be voted on Tuesday.

On Monday, the House added representatives’ amendments. Antonio DelgadoAntonio Ramon DelgadoKyle Van De Water Wins GOP New York Primary To Challenge Rep Antonio Delgado Hispanic Democrats Build Capital With Big Primary Wins Hill’s Campaign Report: Buzz Builds Around Warren For VP PLUS (DN.Y.), Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) Levin United States, Mexico ready for new post-NAFTA trade era House members rush to prepare for very first remote votes Warren and Levin introduce legislation for federal contact tracing program EN KNOW MORE (D-Mich.), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Pa.) Et Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George Perlmutter For Safety and Economic Recovery, Congress Must Prioritize Cannabis Bank Eight Surprises In House Democrats’ Coronavirus Relief Bill Democrats Introduce Bill To to include cannabis companies in coronavirus relief PLUS (D-Colo.) Which aim to study or limit PFAS.

Levin’s provision would temporarily prevent the Department of Defense (DOD) from incinerating PFAS until the Secretary of Defense finalizes the disposal regulations.

The Delgado Amendment would require all PFAS manufacturers to disclose any release of the substance over 100 pounds. Last year, the House demanded that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require manufacturers to report releases of certain types of PFAS in the same amount, but Delgado’s measure would prevent the agency to apply a certain exemption.

The Houlahan and Perlmutter Amendments would increase or require PFAS studies.

However, at the end of last week, a broader amendment presented by representatives. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann Dingell Texas Democrat proposes legislation requiring masks at federal facilities Dingell pushes provision to reduce drinking and driving in House infrastructure package 18 states fight think tank efforts preservatives to freeze energy efficiency standards LEARN MORE (D-Mich.) And Bill PoseyWilliam (Bill) Joseph PoseyHouse Republicans urge White House to support TSA by offering temperature checks to travelers House Republican introduces bill to delay members’ pay if they vote by proxy Trump sets out to open Daytona 500 PLUS (R-Fla.) Who would designate PFAS as a hazardous air pollutant for the purpose of cleaning up the substance has been determined to be outside the rules of the bill.

“It is disappointing that my bipartisan amendment, which cleared the House earlier this year on a strong bipartisan vote, is ruled out of order by the NDAA due to budget points of order,” Dingell said in an after the fact statement.

“We can find ways to afford billion dollar weapons systems or tax breaks for the rich and yet we cannot set drinking water standards for PFAS or clean up contaminated sites for an eternal chemical, ”she added.

“When the fiscal rules are such that we the American people are at a disadvantage for simply forcing polluters to clean up their own mess or for the EPA to ensure safe drinking water under the authorities we have already given them,” so there is something fundamentally wrong with the way we have these rules in place. “

Politico reported on Tuesday that proponents of stricter PFAS regulations may try to target chemicals through a bill funding the Department of the Interior and the EPA.

In January, the House passed a bill that would require a mandatory drinking water standard for PFAS and require it, among other measures, under the Hazardous Waste Cleanup Act.

Last year Democrats also attempted to include PFAS measures in the NDAA, but many were eventually taken out of the final version of the legislation.

Rebecca Kheel contributed.



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