“It’s good news that states aren’t waiting to make PFAS a priority,”

Scott Faber said “According to Safer States, a coalition of state-level chemical safety groups, at least 13 states will consider legislation, ranging from bills to require more PFAS disclosure to bans on PFAS in food packaging, firefighting foam and flame retardants.” Proposed legislation, detailed in Safer States’ interactive map, includes

Banning PFAS in food packaging

At least eight states will consider policy to eliminate or reduce PFASs in food packaging. States considering bans include: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Banning PFAS in firefighting foam

At least nine states will consider policies to ban the use of PFAS in firefighting foam. Washington state passed a ban on PFAS in foam last year and the Federal Aviation Administration has been directed to rewrite regulations to allow for PFAS-free foams at airports. States considering bans are Alaska, Connecticut. Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and Vermont.

Addressing PFAS in drinking water

Beyond regulating PFAS in firefighting foam, at least seven states will consider policies to limit levels of PFAS in drinking water, as well as fund cleanup of contaminated drinking water, including medical monitoring and testing.  States considering actions include Alaska, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Washington.

Studies by Scientists

A recent peer review study by scientists from Auburn University, published in the Chemical Engineering Journal

They Reported that short-chain PFAS are “more widely detected, more persistent and mobile in aquatic systems, and thus may pose more risks on the human and ecosystem health” than the long-chain compounds. The scientists and researchers found that existing drinking water treatment approaches for the removal of long-chain PFAS are less effective for short-chain PFAS.

Also a group of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

They found PFAS, primarily the shorter-chain types, in all 37 rainwater samples they collected from around the country.

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