US House Passes PFAS Action Act With Legislation From Kuster And Pappas

James Marshall
January 12, 2020

Numerous sites where contamination is in the groundwater or in drinking water lower than the EPA's recommended health limit have faced challenges getting help to clean up the chemicals because now there are no federal guidance or requirements on when it has to be cleaned up and who will pay for it.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House secured "full, robust protections against PFAS chemicals" in a defense bill previous year, but the Senate eliminated them.

Two dozen Republicans, along with 222 Democrats, approved the law, which PFAS identified as a risky chemical under the Superfund Act. The administration's statement, issued on Tuesday, said that the legislation would circumvent existing regulatory procedures and undermine public confidence in the Environmental Protection Agency.

Filters at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan, purify PFAS from water.

There is concern that excessive consumption of PFAS by humans can lead to a host of health effects, including cancer, thyroid disease, liver damage, and a hypertensive condition affecting pregnant women called preeclampsia, which can result in the death of the mother and fetus. That's why the House is considering this PFAS legislation this week, introduced by Reps. "And unfortunately, if you have a Chicago zip code, that means you are more likely to be exposed to risky "forever chemicals" known as PFAS chemicals in the water that you are drinking".

"Let's first hope that the Senate takes this up", Larson said. The last thing Americans need is more of these forever chemicals.

The PFAS Action Act also included a bipartisan amendment offered by my friend Congressman Chris Pappas and myself which would authorize significant grant funding to public water treatment facilities that safeguard our drinking water.

"PFAS contamination has been linked to devastating health consequences, and there is much more that the federal government can and should be doing to protect Americans from PFAS exposure".

While the Trump White House has rolled back a historic number of environmental regulations, including this week's proposal to gut the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this is one of many bills that the House has passed to proactively protect the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change. Additional investment for water infrastructure is needed to help communities and their neighboring wildlife remain healthy for generations to come, the organization said.

Friday's vote in the House could force the EPA to set drinking water standards for two varieties of the chemical, PFOA and PFOS, within two years. "And that's why we need this action". "I strongly urge the Senate to consider this legislation immediately so we can deliver concrete solutions to this pressing public health crisis".

The New Hampshire Labor News is a group of NH Workers who believe that we need to protect ourselves against the attacks on workers.

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