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Pallone Applauds Committee Passage of Comprehensive Legislation to Address PFAS Contamination & Exposure

November 21, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) today applauded passage of legislation to address PFAS contamination and exposure by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where he serves as Chairman. Pallone released the following statement after the PFAS Action Act was favorably reported to the full House of Representatives by a vote of 31-19. According to a report, there are 517 water systems in New Jersey that are contaminated with PFAS.

“PFAS are persistent, toxic chemicals that last forever and spread through our water, air and soil.  The Energy and Commerce Committee took action to address the public health threat and growing problems associated with PFAS.  This comprehensive, bipartisan legislation now includes 11 additional bills to protect Americans from PFAS and clean up waste sites.  I commend all the Members who worked on this package of bills for their leadership.  This legislation is critical to stopping the flow of these harmful chemicals into our environment, drinking water, cooking products and more.  I look forward to the full House voting on this bill soon.”

The PFAS Action Act of 2019 requires that within one year of enactment that the EPA Administrator shall designate all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under section 102(a) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA).  During the markup, the Committee adopted an amendment offered by Pallone that added 11 additional bills addressing PFAS to this legislation.  Together, this comprehensive legislation offers communities the tools they need to combat the growing environmental problem.