The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would need to designate a national drinking water standard for PFAS no later than two years after the PFAS Action Act of 2019 is enacted, under a bill approved in the U.S. House of Representatives last week.
PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is a widespread group of man-made chemicals commonly found in food packaging, waterproof fabrics, firefighting foam and more.
PBS NewsHour laid out what you need to know about PFAS, what the bill means, what the next step is and what existing resistance there is to this bill and why.
Read that report HERE.
Watch the Great Lakes Now documentary about the impacts of PFAS in west Michigan communities:
Featured image: An April 6, 2018, photo of Michigan DEQ contractor AECOM sampling for PFAS foam in the Rogue River below the Rockford Dam. The dam is downstream of the former Wolverine World Wide tannery. On June 5, 2018, the Michigan DEQ announced that foam samples taken at the Rockford Dam tested positive for extremely high levels of PFAS, which Wolverine used to Scotchgard shoes at the tannery. (KCHD/MDEQ)