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United States : Congress Moves on PFAS Contamination, But Faster Action is Needed.

House of Representatives Energy and Commerce committee heard testimony on a suite of new bills that would protect Americans at risk of PFAS contamination. More than 20 bills have been introduced recently to study the extent of water pollution, require the Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) to take action on PFAS emissions, and speed the provision of clean water for communities and agricultural producers impacted by PFAS.

Sierra Club representatives released the following statements following the hearing:

When my daughter has three seizures a day, I cant help but wonder if its because we moved here and because of the water we are drinking, said Janet Perreault, Sierra Club volunteer from Norton Shores Michigan. I work in eldercare. My clients are not safe in their homes, but they cant sell those homes because of PFAS-contaminated water. Our communities and our families need urgent action to clean up PFAS pollution.

25 people-- all personally harmed by PFAS contamination-- are visiting Congressional offices to speak on their experiences and call for more urgent action on the issue.

Our countrys toxic legacy-- a historical failure to safeguard communities from industrial chemicals-- is on full display lately. The evidence is mounting about widespread contamination by a family of industrial chemicals known as PFAS. For too long, chemical companies have been allowed to put harmful chemicals on the market and use them for decades before regulations are enacted, said Sonya Lunder, Senior Toxics Policy Advisor for the Sierra Club. We applaud Congress for taking critical action to push the EPA to end PFAS pollution into the environment and provide real support for communities and workers who have been impacted by these chemicals.

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Date:May 16, 2019
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