"EPA Proposes To Enable States To Require ‘Forever Chemical’ Cleanup"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to designate nine toxic “forever chemicals” as “hazardous constituents” under the nation’s law for cleaning up ongoing pollution, in a move that would enable states to require cleanups if the substances are released.

As part of an effort to limit contamination stemming from the class of toxic substances, also called PFAS, New Mexico wrote them into a permit that regulated emissions from the Cannon Air Force Base in 2018.

The military pushed back, suing in 2019 and saying it could not include these chemicals in its permit since they were not regulated at the federal level.

But the EPA’s proposal this week would put New Mexico’s efforts in line with federal regulators — as well as going beyond the state, and beyond the military, to impact other states and private companies that release PFAS."

Rachel Frazin reports for The Hill February 2, 2024.

Source: The Hill, 02/06/2024