Senator seeks passage of PFAS bill

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WASHINGTON, D.C.-(WTAP) While the impeachment trial continues, and Ohio senator is calling on President Trump to get behind a bill addressing a long-time local problem.

The $1 million grant awarded to Michigan will help fund a multi-site study to investigate the relationship between drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and health effects. (WLUC Graphic)

We know them as PFAS chemicals, including C8 and GenX, used by companies like DuPont.

But they're also called "forever chemicals", and Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing for Senate passage of a bill designating them as hazardous substances.

The bill passed the house, and is now awaiting action by the Senate.

"President Trump, frankly, has tried to weaken these laws; the White House looks like a retreat for chemical company executives," Brown, an Ohio Democrat said. "He's got to get on board and help us pass this bill."

While C8 was found in water supplies in communities along the Ohio River, PFAS chemicals have been found in Ohio communities away from the river.

That includes Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, located near Dayton, where it was used in firefighting foam.