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HB19-1279

Protect Public Health Firegfighter Safety Regulation PFAS Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

Concerning the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2019 Regular Session
Subjects:
Local Government
Professions & Occupations
Public Health
Bill Summary

Training and testing restrictions with certain firefighting foams - restriction on sale of certain firefighting foams - notification of chemicals in protective equipment -survey. The act prohibits the use of class B firefighting foam that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS foam) for training purposes or for testing firefighting foam fire systems and creates a civil penalty for doing so.

The act also creates the "Firefighting Foams Control Act" (act) which:

  • Prohibits the sale of PFAS foam in certain circumstances;
  • Requires manufacturers of PFAS foam to notify sellers of the provisions of the act;
  • Requires manufacturers to disclose whether the personal protective equipment they produce contains perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances;
  • Allows for the department of public health and environment to request a certificate of compliance from a manufacturer of class B firefighting foam or firefighting personal protective equipment to ensure that those manufacturers are complying with the limitations on the manufacture of PFAS foam as set forth in the act;
  • Creates a civil penalty for violating the provisions of the act; and
  • Requires the department of public health and environment to conduct a survey to determine the amount of PFAS foam currently held, used, and disposed of by fire departments.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status

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Bill Text

Pursuant to HJR20-1007, the Second Regular Session of the 72nd General Assembly is Temporarily Adjourned until 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 30, 2020. 

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