For Immediate Release
Jackie Filson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-683-2538
Senate Takes First Step on PFAS Health Crisis But Fails to Hold Polluters Accountable
Today, the full Senate passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that includes bipartisan provisions to tackle per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFAS) contamination.
PFAS are a group of synthetic compounds used in manufacturing and by the military that are known to cause widespread water and food contamination and are often referred to as “forever chemicals” due to virtually nonexistent natural breakdown over time.
Among other provisions, it finally requires the EPA to set an enforceable drinking water limit within two years for two of the most studied forms: PFOA and PFOS.
In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter released the following statement:
“We applaud the Senate for taking this first step to address the daunting PFAS crisis that is devastating communities across the country, but it falls short of what is needed to repair our affected drinking water sources. We urge the House to go further and to hold industrial and military polluters accountable for PFAS contamination.
“Congress must require EPA to set enforceable standards for all forms of PFAS in drinking water, and stop production of new sources of these toxic substances. We do not have time to regulate each of these chemicals individually because we have been exposed to them with no safeguards for decades. As we set up these necessary new protections, Congress must provide federal funding to help our communities comply with these regulations and address PFAS contamination in drinking water by passing the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity, and Reliability Act (HR 1417, S611).
“Effective action is a long time coming. An urgent and comprehensive response to this crisis is what America deserves.”
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