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PFAS Action Act Takes a Misguided Approach to Chemical Regulation

Tom Flanagin

WASHINGTON (July 21, 2021) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act:

We support strong, science based regulations that are protective of human health and the environment, and have a strong track record of working with lawmakers to enact meaningful policies.

“Unfortunately, the PFAS Action Act takes decisions out of the hands of EPA’s career scientists who are best positioned to make regulatory determinations. It also applies a one-size-fits all approach to regulating the wide variety of PFAS chemistries. Such an approach is neither scientifically accurate nor appropriate. It could also limit access to important products consumers and critical industries rely on, as well as jeopardize Administration priorities, including alternative energygreenhouse gas reduction efforts, semiconductor availability and others. We oppose this legislation and will continue to advocate to lawmakers and the Biden Administration to listen to the science on this important issue.

“PFAS are a large and diverse universe of chemistries that make possible the products that power our lives -- the semiconductors, cellphones, tablets and telecommunications we use every day to connect with our friends and family; the aircraft that powers the U.S. military; alternative energy sources; and medical devices that help keep us healthy. PFAS are vital to enabling our lives in the 21st century.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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