Rep. Antonio Delgado Joins Bipartisan Task Force to Address PFAS/PFOA, Cosponsors Legislation to Declare Chemicals Hazardous & Clean Up Contaminated Sites

January 23, 2019
Press Release
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) joined Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and additional Members of Congress to announce the formation of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force. Delgado also joined as a cosponsor to a bipartisan bill that designates all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances and allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to clean up contaminated sites in New York and across the country.

“From what I’ve witnessed firsthand in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, and from hearing directly from the families that are impacted by PFAS/PFOA contamination, it’s clear that this is an alarming situation. We must shed light on this issue in Upstate New York and across the country, and put more urgency behind it,” Delgado said. “I’m glad to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to launch this important task force, as well as cosponsor a bipartisan bill that will require the EPA to treat PFAS/PFOA as the dangerous chemicals that they are.”

The PFAS Task Force will work to more urgently address the public health threat of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to better protect communities from the harmful effects of these dangerous chemicals. In the new Congress, the Task Force will work to:

  • Hold informational events to educate Members of Congress and their staff to increase awareness about PFAS chemicals.
  • Craft legislation to address PFAS contamination.
  • Meet with congressional leadership, committee chairs and ranking members to ensure PFAS is adequately and more urgently addressed.
  • Fight for more robust funding through federal appropriations to clean up PFAS contamination.

The EPA currently does not list any per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under the Superfund program which allows the EPA and federal agencies to clean up contaminated sites. The bipartisan PFAS Action Act that Delgado is backing would designate all PFAS chemicals under the Superfund program because they pose serious risks to human health and the environment, and there is a growing urgency and need to act. By making this listing, the EPA will be able to direct federal resources to clean up contaminated sites and limit the spread of these dangerous substances.