Text: H.R.2638 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/09/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 2638


To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

May 9, 2019

Mrs. Fletcher introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


A BILL

To direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam containing PFAS, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Guidance.

(a) In general.—Not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency shall issue guidance on minimizing the use of firefighting foam and other equipment containing any PFAS by firefighters, police officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders, in order to minimize the risk to such firefighters, police officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and other first responders, and the environment, without jeopardizing firefighting efforts.

(b) Definition.—In this Act, the term “PFAS” means a perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substance with at least one fully fluorinated carbon atom.