Passing the WATER Act Is Now More Important Than Ever
Washington D.C. – Politico reports that in the face of Senate Republican opposition, House Democrats have dropped their bid to include two vital pieces of per- and polyfluorinated compounds (PFASs) regulation in the annual must-pass National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This comes on the same day that the new film chronicling a 20-year judicial battle against DuPont, ‘Dark Waters,’ releases nationally.
The NDAA provisions would have finally designated PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law, forcing polluters to pay to clean up the worst contamination, and would have set an enforceable limit for PFAS in drinking water.
In response, Food & Water Action Public-Water-For-All Director Mary Grant said:
“The exclusion of these provisions would be a betrayal to the American people. Congress has effectively sacrificed the health of our children, communities, and environment by removing these PFAS regulations from the NDAA. We know that American voters want action on PFAS now — across the country, states one by one are cracking down on PFAS contamination — but without federal action, thousands of communities across the country will continue to face toxic chemicals in our food and water.
“In the face of such inaction, it is now more critical than ever that Congress pass the Water Affordability, Transparency, Equity and Reliability (WATER) Act to help states and communities remove these toxics on their own. The WATER Act would provide the funding needed to improve our nation’s water and sewer systems. We’re not giving up and we’ll be watching each and every member of Congress. It’s time to step up, cosponsor the WATER Act and take the urgent action needed to ensure safe water for all.”