Addressing PFAS contamination is a top priority for Rep. Hogan. When MassDEP detected per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) levels above state standards in the public water supplies of towns in her district, Rep. Hogan helped town leaders secure funding and assistance for PFAS remediation. She also filed legislation to establish the PFAS Interagency Task Force with the mission of bringing together stakeholders across the state to work towards solutions.
Co-chaired by Rep. Hogan, the Task Force released its final report and recommendations in April 2022. The report offers an expansive review of PFAS in the Commonwealth and recommended legislative and regulatory action to address PFAS use and contamination. The report is a culmination of nine hearings held by the Task Force, which convened researchers, advocacy groups, community members, municipal officials, state agencies, public water systems, legislators, and other stakeholders and experts on the issues surrounding PFAS.
Several groups and organizations have invited Rep. Hogan to discuss the PFAS Task Force’s findings and recommendations. A recording of her presentation at the Randall Library in Stow is available here.
The FY23 budget includes funding for MassDEP and DPH to carry out many of the recommendations made by the Task Force. In May 2022, Rep. Hogan joined Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey to announce that Massachusetts would be filing a lawsuit against 13 manufacturers of PFAS.
In January 2023, Rep. Hogan and Sen. Cyr filed a comprehensive bill, An Act to protect Massachusetts public health from PFAS (or the Mass PFAS Act), that aims to clean up existing PFAS contamination and prevent future contamination in the Commonwealth. Along with other efforts to combat the toxic chemicals, the bill establishes a PFAS Remediation Trust Fund, regulates PFAS in food packaging and consumer products, reduces PFAS in wastewater, and protects firefighters from elevated exposure to PFAS.