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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new PFA-related legislation on Thursday.

PFAS chemicals are contaminants found in common consumer products, industrial applications, and firefighting foam. These chemicals have been linked to health problems such as developmental delays, changes in the liver, immune system, and thyroid function, and increased risk of cancer.

The PFAS Accountability Act seeks to make it easier for contaminated victims to sue manufacturers. Another part of this new act allows the victims to be given medical monitoring for early detection and treatment for diseases associated with PFAS exposure.

Speaking about her new act, Senator Gillibrand said, “PFAS are dangerous, carcinogenic substances and the companies that knowingly manufactured them for years must be held accountable.” Gillibrand continued, “My PFAS Accountability Act would help ensure that people who were or are being exposed to high levels of PFAS have legal recourse. And because PFAS-related illnesses can take years to develop, this bill also makes sure that victims can receive long-term medical monitoring as part of their remedies. I’m determined to get it passed.” 

This act would establish a cause of action under the Toxic Substance Control Act for people who have been exposed to a significant amount of PFAS from manufacturers. It would also make it easier for courts to award medical monitoring for these victims and it seeks to incentivize these industries to fund PFAS safety research.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced new PFA-related legislation on Thursday.

PFAS chemicals are contaminants found in common consumer products, industrial applications, and firefighting foam. These chemicals have been linked to health problems such as developmental delays, changes in the liver, immune system, and thyroid function, and increased risk of cancer.

The PFAS Accountability Act seeks to make it easier for contaminated victims to sue manufacturers. Another part of this new act allows the victims to be given medical monitoring for early detection and treatment for diseases associated with PFAS exposure.

Speaking about her new act, Senator Gillibrand said, “PFAS are dangerous, carcinogenic substances and the companies that knowingly manufactured them for years must be held accountable.” Gillibrand continued, “My PFAS Accountability Act would help ensure that people who were or are being exposed to high levels of PFAS have legal recourse. And because PFAS-related illnesses can take years to develop, this bill also makes sure that victims can receive long-term medical monitoring as part of their remedies. I’m determined to get it passed.” 

This act would establish a cause of action under the Toxic Substance Control Act for people who have been exposed to a significant amount of PFAS from manufacturers. It would also make it easier for courts to award medical monitoring for these victims and it seeks to incentivize these industries to fund PFAS safety research. Read More HealthRochesterFirst  

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