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H.R. 2638: To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of May 9, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2638

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 9, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS, and for other purposes.

1.

Guidance

(a)

In general

Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam and other equipment containing any PFAS by firefighters, police officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders, in order to minimize the risk to such firefighters, police officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders, and the environment, without jeopardizing firefighting efforts.

(b)

Definition

In this Act, the term PFAS means a perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substance with at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.