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Statement: Congress holds three hearings on PFAS contamination

Congress is holding three hearings today to address widespread drinking water contamination from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). It’s encouraging to see lawmakers cross the aisle to tackle threats to the environment and public health together. Today’s hearings and the recent flurry of activity around PFAS demonstrate the public’s pervasive concern about these toxic chemicals. We urge Congress to adopt policies that truly keep our drinking water safe.

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65 groups call for legislation to phase out PFAS in the military within three years

Environment America submitted a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services Committees today, calling on Congress to pass legislation to phase out military firefighting foams that contain toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) within three years. Sixty-five environmental, veterans and community groups signed on to the letter. “Families from Michigan to West Virginia are drinking poisoned water because nearby military bases keep using these toxic chemicals,” says Bart Johnsen-Harris, clean water advocate with Environment America. “We need to leverage our military’s resources, ingenuity and grit to complete this transition away from PFAS quickly. This is a fight not just to preserve our drinking water, but to protect American lives.”

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Rep. Mucarsel-Powell introduces bill to promote clean water, green infrastructure

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida introduced a bill today that utilizes green infrastructure to prevent wastewater and stormwater pollution. This legislation, called the Water Infrastructure, Sustainability and Efficiency (WISE) Act, ensures federal money for clean water projects that promote green infrastructure, water or energy efficiency improvements and other environmentally innovative activities. It also advances a long-standing Environment America priority.

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Statement: Environment America endorses “Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act”

Five Congressmen introduced a bill this week to combat toxic drinking water pollution from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). While PFAS chemicals are putting the drinking water of millions of Americans at risk, EPA has failed to set a clear limit to drive cleanup of contaminated water. This bill would jump-start the process of creating an overall limit on PFAS in our drinking water. 

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Statement: EPA seeks to legalize pollution via groundwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act on Monday that fails to protect against pollution that passes through groundwater before reaching our waterways. The EPA is grossly misinterpreting the Clean Water Act and putting our waters at risk by opening loopholes for pollution. This change would leave the public vulnerable to toxic pollution, as our current lawsuit in Massachusetts demonstrates.

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Statement: Senators push agencies to act on toxic chemicals known as PFAS

Today, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a source of widespread drinking water contamination. While our federal agencies are standing by, Congress is taking a real bipartisan interest in tackling PFAS contamination in our drinking water. In states as far-flung as Colorado, Michigan, and North Carolina, this urgent public health problem calls for urgent action.

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Statement: Bipartisan water infrastructure effort could halt sewage pollution

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing today on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), highlighting the need for a new, bipartisan bill that would more than double the CWSRF authorization to $4 billion per year. From Arizona’s leaky pipes to New England’s sewage overflows, America needs to get serious about our water systems. That means dramatically increasing investments in water infrastructure that focus on prevention. We applaud U.S. Reps. Peter DeFazio, Grace Napolitano, Don Young, and John Katko for introducing their bipartisan water infrastructure bill, which takes aim at this problem.

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Statement: PFAS hearing elevates need for policy reform

Today, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold a hearing on the risks of toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Witnesses will include senior staff from the Department of Defense (DoD), as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It’s been six months since Congress’s first hearing on PFAS, and we still have a long way to go. On one hand, DoD needs to clean up their mess at military bases and prevent future contamination. And on the other, EPA needs to protect our health by limiting the use of PFAS, and by setting a strong drinking water standard of one part per trillion for the whole class of chemicals.

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Statement: EPA faces Dirty Water Rule backlash at public hearing

In Kansas City, Kansas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold the first and only public hearing today for the Dirty Water Rule—the proposed replacement to the 2015 Clean Water Rule. This is an unprecedented assault on clean water, and Americans won’t stand for it. As EPA works to open our waters to polluters, today’s public backlash is well-deserved.

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Statement: EPA commits to PFAS drinking water standards

Following pressure from lawmakers and groups such as Environment America, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed today to begin setting enforceable drinking water standards on two toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). We commend the EPA for listening to the community, incorporating critical feedback, and responding appropriately to protect our drinking water from PFAS contamination.

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