Congressman Andy Levin Introduces PFAS Safe Disposal Act

January 7, 2020
Press Release
The bill would instruct the EPA to create standards for the incineration of PFAS chemicals to prevent the emittance of toxic substances in the air.

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today introduced a bill to ensure that when PFAS chemicals are destroyed by incineration, PFAS particles do not contaminate the air. The PFAS Safe Disposal Act would instruct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create standards that require PFAS incineration to minimize emittance of PFAS into the air, to be conducted in accordance with requirements of the Clean Air Act, and other regulations regarding the storage and disposal of PFAS chemicals.

“Getting PFAS out of our water and soil will require a monumental effort, but it will all be for naught if it ends up in the air we breathe,” Congressman Andy Levin said. “I introduced the PFAS Safe Disposal Act because we need national standards to ensure that when toxic chemicals like PFAS are eliminated by incineration we aren’t just spreading the contaminant through another medium.”

The PFAS Safe Disposal Act is co-sponsored by Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17).

Congressman Levin championed a similar provision specific to the Department of Defense in an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that was signed into law in December. This bill would require that similar, strengthened protections apply to any department or agency engaged in PFAS incineration.

Congressman Levin is a member of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force.