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Massachusetts bill introduced to protect residents affected by PFAS contamination

Massachusetts bill introduced to protect residents affected by PFAS contamination

Massachusetts bill introduced to protect residents affected by PFAS contamination

BOSTON (WWLP) – Legislative advocates for bills protecting Commonwealth citizens from PFAS hosted a briefing Tuesday afternoon that included residents who have been affected by PFAS contamination.

According to the CDC, PFAS, or so-called permanent chemicals, are associated with increased cholesterol, decreased antibody response to some vaccines, kidney and testicular cancer, and more. Tuesday’s briefing was led by State Rep. Kate Hogan and State Sen. Julian Cyr, who said this public health crisis must be addressed immediately.


The bill Senator Cyr and I introduced is a thoughtful, evidence-based response to PFAS contamination in Massachusetts. This legislation makes our Commonwealth safer and builds on existing efforts to address PFAS contamination and advances the recommendations unanimously approved by the Legislature’s Interagency Task Force on PFAS, which we led,” said Representative Kate Hogan ( D-Stow). “We have worked extensively to build a healthy consensus on this bill, and early drafts have been strengthened by input from our environmental advocates, public safety experts, business stakeholders, and the scientific community. “It is time to join all other Northeastern states in remediating and regulating these ubiquitous and ‘forever’ chemicals.”

“The ubiquity of PFAS in our environment and in consumer products means we must act now; what we do today will have significant effects on our environment and our health for years to come,” said Sen. Julian Cyr (D- Truro). “The legislation that Speaker Pro Tempore Hogan and I introduced is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work, scholarly testimony from dozens of experts, and important contributions from the public grappling with the reality of PFAS contamination. “The Massachusetts PFAS Act is the essential step that will allow us to mitigate and reverse the harmful impacts of PFAS on our health and the environment.”

Over the past decade, PFAS contamination has affected communities across the state, including those in Western Massachusetts. This is particularly true for firefighters whose protective gear often contains PFAS.

A House bill would establish a trust fund to help municipalities address the costs associated with removing PFAS contamination from drinking and ground water, soil, landfills and more.

“An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS,” the House bill, was referred to the House Ways and Means Committee earlier this month.

22News State House reporter Olivia Ray was at the briefing… and has the details on how a House bill could help Western Massachusetts.