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H.R. 5550 (116th): PFAS Safe Disposal Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 7, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5550

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 7, 2020

(for himself and Mr. Khanna) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to promulgate regulations regarding disposal of materials containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or aqueous film forming foam, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the PFAS Safe Disposal Act.

2.

Prohibition on waste incineration of PFAS

Section 3004 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (42 U.S.C. 6924) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(z)

PFAS wastes

(1)

Firefighting foam

Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Administrator shall promulgate regulations requiring that when materials containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or aqueous film forming foam are disposed—

(A)

all incineration is conducted in a manner that eliminates perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances while also minimizing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances emitted into the air to the extent feasible;

(B)

all incineration is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act, including controlling hydrogen fluoride;

(C)

any materials containing perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are designated for disposal are stored in accordance with the requirement under part 264 of title 40, Code of Federal Regulations; and

(D)

all incineration is conducted at a facility that has been permitted to receive waste regulated under this subtitle.

(2)

Penalties

For purposes of section 3008(d), a waste subject to a prohibition under this subsection shall be considered a hazardous waste identified or listed under this subtitle.

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