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In April 2021, bills to regulate PFAS use in Alaska were introduced in the Alaska State Senate and Alaska House.

 

These identical bills (SB 121 and HB 171) are titled "An Act relating to pollutants; relating to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances; relating to the duties of the Department of Environmental Conservation; relating to firefighting substances; relating to thermal remediation of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance contamination; and providing for an effective date."

(Short title: "PFAS Use & Remediation; Fire/Water Safety")

Scroll down for the full text of both bills & for more information.

ACTION ALERT!

Please write letters of support for

Senate Bill 121 and House Bill 171

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Alaska Senate Bill 121

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Sponsored by Senator Jesse Kiehl (District Q)

Co-sponsors: Elvi Gray-Jackson (District I), Scott Kawasaki (District A), Gary Stevens (District B), Tom Begich (District J), Mia Costello (District K), and Bill Wielechowski (District H)

Email your letter in support of SB 121 to:

Senate.Resources@akleg.gov

Example letter:

To:  Members of the Senate Resources Committee
Re:  SB 121 PFAS Use & Remediation; Fire/Water Safety

I would like to urge your support of this legislation...

(If you can tie your connection to the bill with something personal, DO.  If you can't, that's OK! If you don't have anything eloquent to say, or specifics to cite, it doesn't matter, send a letter saying clean water is important to you, and you support this bill!)

Sign letter with your name and address


Copy to Sen. Kiehl's office:

Senator.Jesse.Kiehl@akleg.gov

or

Senator Jesse Kiehl

State Capitol Room 419
Juneau AK, 99801

Alaska House Bill 171 

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Sponsored by Representatives Sara Hannan (District 33) and Chris Tuck (District 23)

Email your letter in support of HB 171 to:

House.Resources@akleg.gov

Example letter:

To:  Members of the House Resources Committee
Re:  HB 171 PFAS Use & Remediation; Fire/Water Safety

 

I would like to urge your support of this legislation...

(If you can tie your connection to the bill with something personal, DO.  If you can't, that's OK! If you don't have anything eloquent to say, or specifics to cite, it doesn't matter, send a letter saying clean water is important to you, and you support this bill!)

Sign letter with your name and address


Copy to Rep. Hannan's office:

Representative.Sara.Hannan@akleg.gov

or

Representative Sara Hannan

State Capitol Room 432
Juneau AK, 99801

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Among other things, these bills would set the following limits for PFAS in drinking water in Alaska (ppt = parts per trillion):

  • perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS): 420 ppt

  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): 8 ppt

  • perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS): 16 ppt

  • perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA): 6 ppt

  • perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS): 51 ppt

  • perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHpA): 400,000 ppt

  • hexafluoropropylene oxide dimer acid (Gen-X): 370 ppt