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Upton: Congress is taking action to protect our communities from PFAS

U.S. House passes Upton’s bipartisan bill to clean up PFAS

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Washington, January 10, 2020 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (MI-6) issued the following statement after the U.S. House voted today to pass bipartisan legislation that he helped introduce – H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act – to better protect Americans from PFAS - harmful chemicals that can cause serious health problems.

The legislation was introduced by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) last January, and Upton was an original co-sponsor.

“Right in our backyard, the city of Parchment, Michigan became ground zero for PFAS contamination. This issue is serious, and today Congress took action to better protect our communities from PFAS by passing the bipartisan PFAS Action Act,” Upton said. “This legislation would designate PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances and allows the EPA to clean up contaminated sites in Michigan and across the country. Parchment made it perfectly clear that we need an all-hands-on deck to protect our families, drinking water, and environment, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to address this challenge across the nation.”

“Let’s be very clear, PFAS is an urgent public health and environmental threat. And the number of contamination sites nationwide is growing at an alarming rate, including our military bases,” said Dingell. “The Dingell PFAS bill is a sweeping and comprehensive legislative package which has bipartisan support to address the PFAS crisis in the United States. It is anchored by a version of my original legislation that, after working with stakeholders and my colleagues on Energy and Commerce, now focuses on PFOA and PFOS. These two chemicals are the most hazardous of the class and it is time these chemicals are properly designated as hazardous substances under the EPA’s Superfund program. Doing this will accelerate the clean-up process at military facilities and in communities all across this country. This would be a significant first step while we allow the EPA to study the remaining compounds—which needs to start now. It’s a beginning, but this won’t help communities or people unless it’s passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President. We all must work together to protect human health and our environment. Further inaction only means more people continue to be poisoned and contamination spreads further.”

The legislation passed 247-159 and now advances to the U.S. Senate.

Click here to learn more about H.R. 535.

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