Sen. Adriane Johnson

WAUKEGAN – The effects of PFAS – also known as “forever chemicals – are of high concern to the environment and people’s health, leading State Senator Adriane Johnson to champion a measure to mitigate its risk.

“These ‘forever chemicals’ are found in too many of our communities – causing both health and environmental issues,” said Johnson (D-Buffalo Grove). “We must implement changes and develop policies to combat the risk of exposure.”

Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made harsh chemicals manufactured for oil and water resistant properties. Many Illinois manufacturers utilize the production of PFAS, resulting in the risk of contaminating water supplies throughout the state. Johnson’s measure would require the Illinois EPA to use the most up-to-date federal guidance to control the discharge of PFAS.

“These man-made chemicals pose a threat to the natural resources that we utilize daily,” said Johnson. “This measure will create a better process to eliminate the risk of exposure and improve our water sources.”

Senate Bill 1696 passed the Environmental and Conservation Committee on Thursday and heads to the Senate floor for further deliberation.