Congress shouldn’t create a polluter holiday for ‘forever chemicals’
With more than 2,800 contaminated sites across the U.S., pollution from the toxic “forever chemicals” known as PFAS has created an urgent national health crisis.
But rather than hold the polluting entities responsible, now Congress is considering new loopholes, which will let some of them off the hook for PFAS contamination they may have contributed to.
Sens. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) have introduced five bills that would offer exemptions to water utilities, farmers, airports, landfills and fire training centers. But far more than even these significant loopholes is at stake. Their bill would open the door to even more loopholes for companies that have used PFAS or other hazardous substances, making it much harder to clean up contaminated communities.
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