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House Bill Seeks Fluorinated Chemical Cleanup Power for EPA (1)

Jan. 15, 2019, 6:19 PMUpdated: Jan. 15, 2019, 9:28 PM

Three Michigan members of Congress want to set a deadline for EPA to start ordering the cleanup of a ubiquitous family of chemicals through Superfund law.

Michigan Reps. Dan Kildee (D), Debbie Dingell (D), and Fred Upton (R) introduced a bill (H.R. 535) Jan. 14 that would give the Environmental Protection Agency the power to order cleanups of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which have been contaminating drinking water systems throughout the country.

States currently carry the burden of finding and asking parties to pay for cleanup.

The compounds, also known as PFAS, have been used to...

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