Why Business Supports Policy Regulating PFAS
Responsible businesses support regulation of PFAS to:
- Provide a level playing field for companies concerned about human health and the environment to compete with companies that do not factor human health and the environment into their decisions,
- Facilitate market expansion of responsible companies that are innovating safer and greener products to the benefit of the public and the planet,
- Increase consumers’ trust in the marketplace by providing them with transparent, accurate information on whether products are PFAS-free.
We, the undersigned business organizations and companies, are deeply troubled by proposals to remove critical provisions related to per-and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, from the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020.
In addition, we urge you to designate PFAS as “hazardous substances” under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. The DOD has cited the absence of a “hazardous substance” designation when refusing to clean-up legacy PFAS pollution on or near military installations. Furthermore, we urge you to accelerate PFAS cleanups at military facilities through the use of cooperative agreements.
Our companies and organizations urge you to support efforts to address PFAS contamination through the NDAA for FY 2020and will oppose enactment of an NDAA that fails to address ongoing and legacy PFAS contamination. There are safer alternatives and our businesses stand ready to work with you to ensure that these can be deployed for military as well as public use. We can work together to ensure a healthier environment for our military and the country as well as a stronger economy.
Cc: Honorable Jack Reed
Honorable Adam Smith
Honorable Mac Thornberry
Ask the Senate to support provisions of a defense policy bill that would compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate a class of chemicals PFAS a cancer-linked chemical that is leaching into the water supply. See background here
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