House task force pushes for action to address PFAS contamination

Molly Daly
January 09, 2020 - 5:53 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Members of the Congressional PFAS Task Force held a news conference Thursday to push for the passage of a bill that would require the federal government to address PFAS contamination.

PFAS, often called “forever chemicals,” are used in fire retardants, non-stick cookware, cosmetics and fast food packaging and have been linked to cancer and other serious diseases.

Pennsylvania is one of 49 states with PFAS-contaminated drinking and ground water. The most pollution is found in Michigan, where task force co-chair and U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee calls home.

“The PFAS Action Act will protect families from PFAS in their drinking water, in their lakes, rivers and streams, and in the air, by requiring PFAS to be listed under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act,” he said.

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U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, also of Michigan, said it's an urgent public health and environmental threat.  

“The CDC has said that PFAS exposure is causing cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, increased asthma,” she said.

But increased regulation is unlikely, as the Trump administration continues to gut environmental laws. The president has also made it clear how he feels about H.R. 535.

“In threatening to veto this important bill to address PFAS,” Kildee said, “President Trump and his administration are again standing with corporate polluters, instead of protecting the health and well-being of the American people.”

Other members of the task force include Pennsylvanian U.S. Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Brendan Boyle and Madeleine Dean.

A vote is expected Friday.