Christine Cohen

State Senator

Christine Cohen

Deputy President Pro Tempore

Listening, Advocating & Getting Results

May 2, 2024
For Immediate Release
Contact: Garnet McLaughlin – – 860-304-2319

Sen. Cohen Applauds Expansion of PFAS Ban

Today, State Senator Christine Cohen voted to advance a bill furthering a ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In 2021, as the former Senate Chair of the Environment Committee, Senator Cohen passed a narrow ban on these toxic ‘forever chemicals’ that prohibited use in class B firefighting foam and food packaging.

“When I first joined the Senate in 2019, we got right to work on the issue of PFAS and I started to learn more about the impacts of PFAS on the environment and human health – it is an endocrine disruptor and a carcinogen that has been found in consumer products and drinking water across our state, including the town of Killingworth that I represent,” said State Senator Christine Cohen. “We need to take on this challenge with a significant urgency and I am proud of the work we are furthering today here in Connecticut, and grateful that President Biden has dedicated billions of dollars to PFAS remediation as well.”

The legislation passed today expands the ban to include any soil treatments that contain PFAS beginning October 1, 2024.

Beginning January 1, 2028 the bill will prohibit the sale or distribution of the following items, should they have PFAS added:

  • Apparel, carpets or rugs
  • Cleaning products
  • Cookware
  • Cosmetics
  • Dental floss
  • Fabric treatments
  • Children’s products
  • Menstruation products
  • Textile furnishings
  • Ski wax

Beginning January 1, 2026 manufacturers who use PFAS in the aforementioned products will be required to submit a report to DEEP that includes a product description, why PFAS is in the product and the amount of PFAS in it.

Lastly, the bill explicitly specifies that school districts are eligible for funding from the General Fund’s PFAS testing account to test for and remediate PFAS contamination in drinking water supplies.

To read more about the action of the Connecticut General Assembly on PFAS please click here.###

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