07/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/21/2021 16:40
The legislation passed by House Democrats and rejected by the vast majority of House Republicans will protect millions of Americans from harmful chemicals in their water
Today's House passage of the PFAS Action Act marks a milestone in Democrats' efforts to improve national drinking water standards and protect Americans, military bases, and the environment from harmful forever chemicals known as PFAS.
The legislation, which Kim and Steel voted against, will:
Ensure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes a national drinking water standard for certain forever chemicals within two years that better protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations.
Ensure the EPA places discharge limits on industrial releases of PFAS and provides $200 million annually for wastewater treatment.
Ensure comprehensive PFAS health testing.
'Thanks to House Democrats, millions of Californians and Americans across the country subjected to contaminated drinking water are one step closer to being better protected from these harmful chemicals.' said DCCC Spokesperson Adrian Eng-Gastelum. 'Just don't thank Young Kim or Michelle Steel - who chose partisanship over clean water for Californians.'