A victory in the fight against PFAS in Rhode Island shows a gap in legislation in Massachusetts
On Tuesday Rhode Island enacted a new law banning PFAS in food packaging, while a bill to do the same in Massachusetts is at risk of dying in committee without floor votes in either branch. Many environmental groups all urged Massachusetts lawmakers to start advancing the ban bill. PFAS are irreversibly added to food packaging to prevent food from leaking through containers, which is “irresponsible and dangerous” since PFAS has been linked to many health defects.
We need to act quickly to ban PFAS in Massachusetts, otherwise manufacturers could dump their PFAS-containing food packaging on Massachusetts residents because they no longer can sell in other nearby states. If we pass this food packaging bill now, it will demonstrate that Massachusetts is serious about reducing PFAS in our bodies and the environment. Read more here.