“This is an issue and we have to deal with it,” says Congressman Fred Upton on PFAS. “That’s why we pushed so hard. It’s not a perfect bill. There are a couple amendments I think that they can improve it, and will likely be part of the process.”

Upton was speaking on the House passage of his bipartisan PFAS Action Act. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell of Dearborn was the co-sponsor and says PFAS chemicals cause a host of problems, including cancer, and don’t ever go away.

“The fact of the matter is PFAS chemicals are an urgent public health crisis,” says Dingell. “This class of man-made chemicals are extremely persistent in the environment.”

The bill sets national drinking water standards for PFAS, designates the chemicals as hazardous so the EPA will clean up sites nationwide, and provides $200 million for water utilities and wastewater treatment.