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House Democrats Pass Legislation for Cleaner Water, María Elvira Salazar and Carlos Giménez Say No

The legislation passed by House Democrats and rejected by the vast majority of House Republicans will protect millions of Americans from harmful chemicals in their water

Today’s House passage of the PFAS Action Act marks a milestone in Democrats’ efforts to improve national drinking water standards and protect Americans, military bases, and the environment from harmful forever chemicals known as PFAS.

The legislation, which Salazar and Giménez voted against, will:

  • Ensure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) establishes a national drinking water standard for certain forever chemicals within two years that better protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations.

  • Ensure the EPA places discharge limits on industrial releases of PFAS and provide $200 million annually for wastewater treatment.

  • Ensure comprehensive PFAS health testing.

“How many times do we have to listen to Carlos Giménez and María Elvira Salazar pretend they care about the environment before they actually show it?” said DCCC Spokesperson Abel Iraola. “Thanks to House Democrats, millions of Floridians here at home and Americans across the country subjected to contaminated drinking water will now be better protected from these harmful chemicals. Giménez and Salazar should be held to account for choosing partisanship over the environment and public health.”


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