PFAS: An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS

An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS, S.1356, H.2197*

Sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and Representative Kate Hogan

Toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are widely used in consumer products and industrial applications are in the blood of almost every American tested and are in Massachusetts water, soil, and wildlife. This bill:

  • Phases out PFAS in all products by 2030;
  • Sets an earlier deadline (January 1, 2026) for the elimination of PFAS in food packaging, children’s products, fabric treatments, carpets and rugs, upholstered furniture, personal care products, cookware, and firefighters’ personal protective equipment;
  • Establishes a PFAS Remediation Trust Fund to help communities address PFAS contamination in soil, groundwater, and drinking water;
  • Directs the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to restrict industrial releases of PFAS;
  • Limits certain uses of PFAS-containing firefighting foam.

* Content from Clean Water Action

Below is the suggested letter in support of “An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS, S.1356, H.2197“; please use this letter, or create your own, to urge your legislator to take action!

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“Dear Honorable Representative/Senator,

If you have not already signed on, I write to you today to request your support for An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS, S.1356, H.2197, sponsored by Senator Julian Cyr and Representative Kate Hogan.

PFAS are “forever chemicals” because they persist in the environment, and some can accumulate in our bodies for years. Our continued manufacturing, use, and disposal of products with PFAS threatens the health of our environment and residents across Massachusetts.

Exposures to PFAS can increase the risk of several cancers, liver disease, immunosuppression, endocrine disruption, high cholesterol, asthma, reproductive harm, and neurological problems. Some of these effects can occur at very low levels of exposure.

Senator Cyr and Representative Hogan’s bills will help do the following:

  • prohibit the sale of consumer products and firefighter protective gear with intentionally added PFAS by 2026;
  • establish a trust fund to help Massachusetts towns tackle existing contamination; and
  • educate state healthcare professionals on PFAS as an environmental cause of disease.

The power to protect the health of Massachusetts constituents from the ill-effects of PFAS is in your hands. With each passing day, more and more damage from PFAS is taking place. Please support these bills and urge your colleagues to do the same.