Don Young

01/10/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/10/2020 12:40

Congressman Don Young Stands Up for Environment and Public Health, Votes for PFAS Action Act

Washington, D.C. -Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young, member of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, helped the House pass H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019. This legislation would mandate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to declare two polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances eligible for EPA Superfund cleanup resources and implement a requirement that polluters pay for remediation.

'There is consensus that exposure to PFAS chemicals poses a risk to human health, and I am pleased to see the House take action to address serious impacts of these substances,' said Congressman Don Young. 'Too many Alaskan communities, particularly those in close proximity to military bases, have faced challenges in remediating PFAS contamination. It has been one of my priorities this Congress to address the issue of PFAS contamination in our state and across the country. I supported the FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, which included a military phase-out of PFAS-based firefighting foam in addition to strengthening our PFAS monitoring capabilities. The legislation passed today in the House is yet another important step toward ensuring our communities a future free of the effects of PFAS exposure. I will continue working with friends on both sides of the aisle to ensure our environment and public health are safe from needless chemical contamination for years to come.'