News Recap for 4-16-21
American Council on Science and Health: Lead in Drinking Water, It’s Time to Remove It — President Biden’s American Jobs Plan includes a provision that calls for replacing 100% of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines. While it is far from certain what the final Infrastructure Bill will contain, ACNH endorses removing lead from pipes and service lines, and argues that this should have bi-partisan support and remain in the final Bill.
The Hill: Mark Ruffalo Joins Bipartisan Lawmakers in Introducing Chemical Regulation Bill — Reps. Debbie Dingell (D) and Fred Upton (R) introduced the PFAS Action Act this week, alongside actor Mark Ruffalo. The legislation would direct the EPA to work with the private sector to inform consumers and take steps to clean up PFAS-contaminated sites.
U.S. News & World Report: Alaska Files Lawsuit Against Toxic Chemical Producers — Alaska officials filed a lawsuit this week against 3M, DuPont and others for the production of two PFAS compounds—PFOS and PFOA—that were commonly contained in firefighting foams used at airports to prevent fuel fires. The lawsuit came on the same day a bill was filed that would expand the number of PFAS compounds currently regulated by the state.
NHPR: Shaheen, Hassan Want Local PFAS Projects Made Eligible for Pandemic Stimulus Funding — New Hampshire’s U.S. senators are asking federal regulators to allow state and local governments to spend $350 billion in pandemic stimulus funds on addressing PFAS chemical contamination.
Carlsbad Current Argus: Lujan Grisham Signs Bill to Allow State to Get Tougher Than Feds on Environmental Policy — A bill New Mexico Democrats pushed as allowing for greater state control of environmental regulations was signed into law by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham following the 2021 Legislative Session. The new law allows the State to set environmental standards “more stringent” than federal law, a change from how the law is currently written to allow state regulations “no more stringent” than policies enacted at the federal level.