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H.R. 7866 (116th): PFAS Free Foam Research and Development Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 30, 2020 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 7866

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2020

(for herself, Mr. Gallagher, Mr. Kim, Mr. Kildee, and Ms. Houlahan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Defense to award grants and carry out other activities to develop alternatives to aqueous film-forming foam, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the PFAS Free Foam Research and Development Act.

2.

Research and development of alternative to aqueous film-forming foam

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Defense, acting through the National Institute of Standards and Technology and in consultation with appropriate stakeholders and manufacturers, research institutions, and other Federal agencies, shall award grants and carry out other activities to—

(1)

promote and advance the research and development of additional alternatives to aqueous film-forming foam (in this section referred to as AFFF) containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (in this section referred to as PFAS) to facilitate the development of a military specification and subsequent fielding of a PFAS-free fire-fighting foam;

(2)

advance the use of green and sustainable chemistry for a fluorine-free alternative to AFFF;

(3)

increase opportunities for sharing best practices within the research and development sector with respect to AFFF;

(4)

assist in the testing of potential alternatives to AFFF; and

(5)

provide guidelines on priorities with respect to an alternative to AFFF.

(b)

Additional requirements

In carrying out the program required under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—

(1)

take into consideration the different uses of AFFF and the priorities of the Department of Defense in finding an alternative;

(2)

prioritize green and sustainable chemicals that do not pose a threat to public health or the environment; and

(3)

use and leverage research from existing Department of Defense programs.

(c)

Report

The Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on—

(1)

the priorities and actions taken with respect to finding an alternative to AFFF and the implementation of such priorities; and

(2)

any alternatives the Secretary has denied, and the reason for any such denial.

(d)

Use of funds

This section shall be carried out using amounts authorized to be available for the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program.