Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in a letter urging Senate leadership to address PFAS contamination in the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. PFAS—per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as “forever chemicals”—are used widely in industrial and consumer products, but have been linked to cancer and other negative health effects. The AGs called on the Senate to include similar provisions to those in the House bill on PFAS, such as prohibiting the government from buying equipment that contains PFAS and considering how to address existing PFAS contamination, with a particular focus on alerting members of the military who face dangerous exposure to PFAS.
- Documents: LetterMA Press ReleaseIL Press ReleaseNC Press ReleaseWI Press Release
- Document Type: Non-rulemaking Letters Press Releases/Statements
- States: Colorado Connecticut Delaware Hawaii Illinois Maine Maryland Massachusetts Minnesota New Mexico New York North Carolina Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island Washington Washington, D.C. Wisconsin
- Agencies: Congress
- Issues: Natural Resources PFAS Public Health Public Lands & Wildlife Toxics Water Water Pollution
- Era: Biden Administration
- Action Type: Letter to Congress