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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and Congressman Peter Meijer Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Implement National PFAS Study

  • 3.30 Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) and Congressman Peter Meijer (MI-03) introduced the Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act to implement a federal per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) study to uncover the health hazards PFAS exposure presents to communities.  This legislation requires federal agencies with existing PFAS research to work with the National Academies of Science to conduct a two-phase study on PFAS exposure and toxicity, and to develop a federal research and development plan to address PFAS exposure. 

“PFAS chemicals pose a threat to people and to our environment,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “It is critical that we understand the depth of the health implications they pose for our communities.  I am glad to introduce the Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act to advance PFAS research to determine the effects of these chemicals and help us to take steps to reduce the risks they pose.”

“We know that PFAS contaminants are harmful to our health and our environment, but with hundreds of different compounds, much remains unknown,” said Congressman Peter Meijer.  “We need an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ coordinated research approach to develop a comprehensive, effective response to PFAS. This bill takes a meaningful step towards advancing our understanding of PFAS and identifying what more is needed to combat it.”

PFAS chemicals are a group of chemicals used in a variety of industries, including electronics, aerospace, and construction.  They can accumulate in the body for long periods of time and have been linked to adverse health outcomes. 

Congresswoman Fletcher also introduced this bill in the 116th Congress.  In addition, Congresswoman Fletcher’s legislation to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to issue guidance for firefighters and other first responders on how to minimize the use of PFAS in firefighting foams passed the House last year. 

Full text of the Federal PFAS Research Evaluation Act is available here.