PFAS Action Act of 2019 Passes House Of Representatives

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"By truncating the rulemaking process, this legislation risks undermining public confidence in the EPA's decisions, and also risks the imposition of unnecessary costs on states, public water systems, and others responsible for complying with its prescriptive mandates". Many of these chemicals have been linked to adverse health effects including cancer, immune system effects, infertility, impaired child development, high cholesterol, and thyroid disease.

Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree are co-sponsors of the PFAS Action Act. This amendment would require EPA to review PFAS discharges under the Clean Water Act and issue regulations to address harmful discharges of PFAS into our nation's waterways.

H.R. 535 would also require the agency to decide whether to designate all PFAS substances as hazardous within five years. "We've seen elevated levels of PFAS in the groundwater in Colorado and it's time it was addressed".

"This bill would supersede existing statutory requirements that require EPA, when regulating chemicals in the environment, to evaluate and weigh the available scientific and technical information about the occurrence of exposures, the health effects of exposures, the treatment options available, the opportunities for meaningful improvement in public health protection, and the significant potential effects on public safety", the statement read.

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. "I encourage the Senate to bring this commonsense measure swiftly to a vote".

"PFAS is an urgent health and environmental threat and no one can deny it", said a passionate MP, Debbie Dingell, D-Mich debate about the bill. "I applaud the amendment, offered by my colleague on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Congressman Pappas, which goes a step further by establishing a clear framework and statutory deadlines for understanding and addressing ongoing sources of PFAS chemicals". That's why the House is considering this PFAS legislation this week, introduced by Reps. And, the administration says, it would ignore the established processes to ensure that appropriate, scientifically sound actions are taken to protect Americans.


"People are mostly likely exposed by consuming PFAS-contaminated water or food", the CDC says on its website, adding that PFAS can build up in fish and wildlife.

"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".

The House of Representatives voted 247 to 159 to pass the PFAS Action Act of 2019.

Pallone spoke on the House Floor about the importance of the legislation.

"This legislation is a major action aimed at safeguarding public health and protecting Americans' access to clean and safe drinking water". This bipartisan bill makes important progress toward that goal.

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