The solutions to forever chemical debacle already exist – Congress just needs to pass them
Moments ago, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform kicked off the fourth congressional hearing on PFAS forever chemicals (live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdQsXawpNA0). Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo will join advocates and experts before the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment to call on the federal government to act on toxic and pervasive per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Ruffalo’s new film Dark Waters tells the story of an attorney who helped uncover the truth about these forever chemicals. This hearing focuses on the immediate need for a robust federal action to address this crisis.
In response, Food & Water Action Public Water For All Campaign Director Mary Grant said:
“Dupont and 3M have known for decades that PFAS is toxic, and the Subcommittee’s investigation proves for the umpteenth time that the harm is real. We need Congress to take immediate action to protect and clean up our water now.
“Solutions are there, but our Congress members must have the guts to respond with the urgency this crisis demands. Congress must regulate PFAS in our water by setting a strong drinking water standard; hold polluters accountable by designating PFAS as a ‘hazardous substance’ under the Superfund law, and pass the WATER Act to provide funding to help communities have safe PFAS-free water today.
“In February, Reps. Lawrence and Khanna, and Sen. Sanders introduced the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act that would not only provide the funding needed to get these toxins out of our drinking water but also improve our water and sewer systems as a whole.
“Every minute Congress wastes without passing these urgent measures is another moment they’re allowing forever chemicals to make people sick.”