Rep. Antonio Delgado Statement on EPA’s PFAS Announcement
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a PFAS Action Plan laying out its priorities on water contamination, but failed to put forward clear steps to address this crisis with the urgency it requires. In response, Rep. Antonio Delgado (NY-19) issued the following statement:
“The water contamination crisis requires urgent, decisive action. Too many people in Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh, and around the country have gotten sick or died because of PFAS/PFOA contamination. While it’s good that the EPA is taking a step forward, the plans it announced today are insufficient. The agency must treat water contamination with the seriousness it deserves and ensure that communities have access to clean water. I will not let up in fighting for meaningful action here.”
Delgado recently wrote to the EPA with strong recommendations for what should be included in the plan announced today. He urged the EPA to set maximum contaminant levels for PFOA/PFAS as well as enact additional provisions to address water contamination in Upstate New York and across the country. Instead of setting these maximum contaminant levels now, the EPA only announced plans to begin doing so by the end of the year.
Delgado is a founding member of the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force. He brought Michael Hickey – a community leader who brought to light the water contamination crisis in Hoosick Falls – as his guest to the State of the Union. Delgado is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan PFAS Action Act that would designate all PFAS chemicals under the Superfund program because they pose serious risks to human health and the environment.