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Environmentalists Cheer PFAS Regulation In Spending Bill

 A passive PFAS water monitoring device.
Brian Scott-Smith
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WSHU Public Radio
A passive PFAS water monitoring device.

Environmental groups have applauded the federal spending bill for including $300 million to help clean up and regulate toxic PFAS chemicals.

The toxic “forever chemicals” have been found in groundwater on Long Island and near military facilities nationwide.

The non-partisan Environmental Working Group said major PFAS-related clean up funds are included in several budgets — from defense and veterans affairs, to the EPA and health and human services.

The group said the federal budget is just a start. EWG looks forward to the Biden administration declaring PFAS hazardous substances, which would help speed clean-up efforts.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.