Sending Office: Honorable Brendan F. Boyle
Sent By:
Ted.Steinberg@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor H.R. 2377, the Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act

Cosponsors: Cohen, Craig, Dean, Dingell, Espaillat, Fitzpatrick*, Gabbard, Grijalva, Haaland, Holmes Norton, Khanna, Kildee*, Kim, Lowey, Lujan, Matsui, Pallone*, Price, Raskin, Rouda, Slotkin, Swalwell, Tonko*

Endorsements: Environment America, Penn Environment

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join in cosponsoring H.R. 2377, the Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019, which would require the EPA to set a safe drinking water standard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) within two years. Today, countless Americans are faced
with drinking water contaminated with PFAS, a dangerous chemical frequently found in the runoff of military bases and industrial sites.

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are very stable manmade chemicals that have properties that allow them to repel both water and oil. The most commonly found and best studied PFAS are perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

Despite growing and widespread documentation of the negative health effects of PFAS, the EPA has failed to regulate the acceptable levels of these chemicals in drinking water. In the meantime, millions of Americans are not protected from PFAS in their drinking
water, leaving state and local governments out to dry as they look to the federal government for direction. PFAS chemicals have been determined to cause low birth weight and developmental effects in infants, impact fertility, interfere with the body’s natural
hormones, increase cholesterol levels, affect the immune system, and increase the risk of cancer.

This legislation, supported by the leaders of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, would require the EPA to put forth a nationwide enforceable standard for the acceptable amount of PFAS chemicals in drinking water, rather than the current voluntary guidance
for PFOA and PFOS. It’s time the federal government addresses this issue with the seriousness it merits.

To cosponsor the bill or for more information, please contact Ted Steinberg with Congressman Boyle at
Ted.Steinberg@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

Brendan F. Boyle           
Member of Congress     

 

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