AURORA | Aurora Congressman Jason Crow cast his vote for a bill passing the U.S. House of Representatives Friday directing the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate so-called "forever chemicals" contaminating waterways across the U.S., including under Buckley Air Force Base. "These forever chemicals have been linked to negative health effects including cancer, impaired child development and even infertility".
Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree are co-sponsors of the PFAS Action Act.
Just hours before the White House issued its veto threat, the EPA issued a press statement "aggressively addressing PFAS." "We've seen elevated levels of PFAS in the groundwater in Colorado and it's time it was addressed". The administration's statement, issued on Tuesday, said that the legislation would circumvent existing regulatory procedures and undermine public confidence in the Environmental Protection Agency.
A number of PFAS chemicals "have been a concern because they do not break down in the environment, can move through soils and contaminate drinking water sources", according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
"There is consensus that exposure to PFOS & PFOA poses risks to human health, and too many Alaskan communities, particularly those in close proximity to military installations, have faced challenges in remediating PFAS contamination". I also want to thank Chairman [Peter] DeFazio of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for his Committee's efforts to address this issue.
The legislation includes an amendment introduced by Reps. And, the administration says, it would ignore the established processes to ensure that appropriate, scientifically sound actions are taken to protect Americans.
According to the Environmental Working Group, PFAS chemicals have been found in drinking water in OH communities including Cleveland Heights and Struthers, and on military bases including Camp Ravenna and Wright Patterson Air Force Base. The last thing Americans need is more of these forever chemicals.
"PFAS contamination has been linked to devastating health consequences, and there is much more that the federal government can and should be doing to protect Americans from PFAS exposure". (NJ-06) applauded House passage of the PFAS Action Act of 2019, which passed the full House of Representatives by a vote of 247-159.
"This legislation will help lead to healthier communities with cleaner environments and safer drinking water", said Congressman Posey. "And that's why we need this action". "I urge all of my colleagues to join in voting for this bill, and I hope the Senate will take it up without delay and send it to the President's desk for approval with the strong, bipartisan support it deserves".
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