Senate Bill 231
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances Act
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Amendments
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Passed Senate on Jul 29, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Feb 4, 2021
Latest Action
Jul 30, 2021
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
231
Congress
117
Policy Area
Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Primary focus of measure is emergency planning; response to civil disturbances, natural and other disasters, including fires; emergency communications; security preparedness.
Sponsorship by Party
Michigan
Delaware
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
North Carolina
Passed
July 29, 2021
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S5189-5190)
Summary

Protecting Firefighters from Adverse Substances Act or the PFAS Act

This bill requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop guidance for firefighters and other emergency response personnel on training, education programs, and best practices to protect them from exposure to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly referred to as PFASs, from firefighting foam and to limit or prevent the release of PFASs into the environment. These substances are man-made and may have adverse human health effects. A variety of products contain the compounds, such as nonstick cookware or weatherproof clothing.

FEMA shall (1) develop and issue guidance on alternative foams, personal protective equipment, and other firefighting tools and equipment that do not contain PFASs; and (2) create an online public repository on tools and best practices to reduce, limit, and prevent the release of and exposure to PFASs.

Text (3)
July 29, 2021
May 10, 2021
February 4, 2021
Amendments (1)
Jul 29, 2021
Agreed to in Senate
1
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 2125
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Actions (12)
07/30/2021
Held at the desk.
07/30/2021
Received in the House.
07/30/2021
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
07/29/2021
Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S5189-5190)
07/29/2021
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S5189-5190)
07/29/2021
The committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.
07/29/2021
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S5189-5190)
05/10/2021
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 55.
05/10/2021
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Reported by Senator Peters with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 117-21.
03/17/2021
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
02/04/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
02/04/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Record Created
Feb 5, 2021 1:42:10 PM
Record Updated
Oct 30, 2021 4:15:58 AM