WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement that it will propose new Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs) for harmful PFAS chemicals in drinking water:
“Granite Staters know all too well the dangers of PFAS chemicals, which is why I’ve pushed the administration and my colleagues in Congress to help communities make real progress in addressing hazardous PFAS contamination. The proposed rule creates strong, enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS, and is an important step forward in ensuring that every household has access to clean, safe, and reliable drinking water. I will keep working with the administration and in Congress to combat dangerous PFAS contamination.”
Senator Hassan, a negotiator of the bipartisan infrastructure law, worked to secure a provision in the legislation to better ensure that New Hampshire towns would be eligible for an advanced technology grant program that could be used to remove PFAS from drinking water. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law also included an additional $10 billion specifically to address PFAS contamination. Senator Hassan also led efforts to pass into law bipartisan legislation that directs federal agencies to develop best practices, training, and educational programs to reduce, limit, and prevent exposure to PFAS in fire fighting equipment. Additionally, Senator Hassan has introduced legislation to ban PFAS chemicals in food containers and joined in introducing a bill banning the inclusion of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics products, such as makeup, moisturizer and perfume.