House plans to take up sweeping new PFAS bill with waste implications

Read the full story in Waste Dive.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to take up a bill (H.R. 535) this week that would nationally regulate at least some per- and polyfluoruoalkyl substances (PFAS). Among other significant components, the PFAS Action Act of 2019 would require the U.S. EPA to establish destruction and disposal guidance for a range of materials, including landfill leachate, biosolids, and “solid, liquid, or gas waste streams” from facilities that manufacture or use PFAS.

It is likely the bill — which is set for a committee hearing on Tuesday afternoon — will see markups reducing impacts to chemical companies. The GOP-controlled Senate has also shown no interest in taking up the legislation. But disclosures show the waste industry’s largest companies are lobbying on PFAS and trade groups have signaled the issue will be an important one in 2020. 

While some waste companies have been wary of PFAS legislation, others are open to the potential upside. Bill Fahey, a senior vice president with Veolia North America, told Waste Dive in a statement that regulations could create “an interesting and challenging opportunity in the hazardous waste space.”

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