FOREVER CHEMICALS: AN INTRODUCTION TO STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIVITY REGARDING PFAS AND PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIERS
by Kaitlin S. Harr*
What do Hollywood actors Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway, the United States Congress, the California State Water Resources Control Board, and your favorite take-out restaurant all have in common? Two words: "forever chemicals." California is one of several states in the country that have started to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, in drinking water and consumer products.
This article provides a brief introduction to PFAS and an overview of legislative and regulatory steps that have been taken to address them, both in California and at the federal level.
I. INTRODUCTION & BACKGROUND