House Votes to Pass PFAS Action Act with Two Rep. Delgado Provisions
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) voted to pass the PFAS Action Act, legislation that would protect upstate families from exposure to dangerous PFAS chemicals. This legislation will clean up these “forever chemicals,” which pose a direct threat to public health, and introduce stronger protections against future pollution. The PFAS Action Act passed the House of Representatives with support from Democrats and Republicans.
The PFAS Action Act included two of Rep. Delgado’s provisions. The bipartisan PFAS Transparency Act will make it illegal for any industrial facility to introduce PFAS into a sewage treatment system without first disclosing information about that substance. The Test Your Well Water Act will help Americans who utilize private wells find resources to test their drinking water and understand test results.
“Too many children and families are being exposed to dangerous chemical contamination that can have devastating impacts on their health and well-being,” said Rep. Delgado. “We know that PFAS chemicals have been linked to cancer, asthma, liver disease and more, but for too long these chemicals have been allowed to linger in our communities. The PFAS Action Act is a critically important bill that will protect families and empower agencies to address toxic forever chemicals. I'm proud that this bill includes two of my provisions to increase transparency and help folks test their personal water supply. The Senate must vote to take up this legislation immediately -- lives are on the line."
PFAS chemicals represent a serious public health risk to nearly all Americans, as the CDC has reported that nearly every American has PFAS in their blood. These chemicals have exposed countless men, women and children to life-threatening illness and disease, including multiple forms of cancer, liver disease, asthmas, thyroid dysfunction, infertility, and impaired child development.
A new study published last week shows that, based on EPA data, an estimated 30,000 industrial sites are known or suspected of using toxic PFAS: twelve times what had been previously estimated. American servicemembers and their families are also at particular risk of exposure, as more than 400 U.S. military sites are known to have PFAS contamination.
By passing the PFAS Action Act, the House makes important progress toward cleaning up our communities and holding contaminating companies accountable for their pollution. This legislation designates the two most studied PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances by the EPA and sets a deadline for the EPA to make designation decisions about all other PFAS chemicals – which has been a key barrier to cleaning up industrial and military sites. The bill also creates new, robustly funded grants and partnerships to help states with clean-up and remediation efforts. To prevent future contamination, the bill introduces stricter limits on PFAS pollution and the introduction of new PFAS chemicals, as well tougher testing, reporting and monitoring requirements.