05/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/17/2021 18:04
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation, the Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2021, to require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set an enforceable, nationwide primary drinking water standard for PFAS contaminants, including PFOS and PFOA, which have plagued the Philadelphia region. Currently, the EPA sets voluntary advisory guidelines. This bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives during the 116th Congress as part of a larger package of PFAS legislation.
'Every day the EPA delays setting enforceable limits on these chemicals is another day of exposure to dangerous 'forever chemicals' for many Pennsylvanians,' said Congressman Boyle. 'The more we look, the more contamination we find. The more we wait, the more we learn about the seriousness of these contaminants. No American should question the safety of their drinking water - period. We must address these contaminants with the full force of the Safe Drinking Water Act.'
Congressman Boyle's legislation is the product of discussions with consituents and federal officials in direct response to the ongoing water contamination issues experienced by communities surrounding the former Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster, former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove, and Horsham Air Guard Station in Pennsylvania.