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US House Votes 220-197 to Address PFAS Forever Chemical Crisis Against Trump Administration’s Desire to Shirk Responsibility

WASHINGTON -

Just now, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act 220-197 along with the Dingell-Kildee amendment to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous chemicals under the Superfund law. On Tuesday, the Trump administration threatened to veto the entire defense policy package if it includes two specific provisions related to PFAS. His administration opposes military cleanup of agricultural water sources contaminated with PFAS and the phase-out of firefighting foam containing these toxic forever chemicals.

 

Earlier today, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement in response:

 

“The Trump administration has reared its ugly head again with an immature and reckless cop-out to shirk federal responsibilities to address widespread PFAS-contamination and its threats to human health, food safety, and water quality. By opposing the push to clean up PFAS and curb their use, the Trump Administration is saying one thing: they want toxic chemicals in our water and food. 

 

 

“Congress must stand strong in their efforts to address the PFAS crisis to protect communities across the country that face water and food contamination from these toxins. We need the polluter to pay. It’s beyond time to start the work to address decades of exposure to these toxic chemicals without any safeguards. Our country deserves an urgent and comprehensive response to this crisis -- Not Trump’s shifty marooning of our water and food safety.”

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