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Rep. Ron Kind Secures Safer Drinking Water For Wisconsinites

Legislation cosponsored by Rep. Ron Kind will protect millions of Americans from harmful chemicals in their water

Today’s House passage of the PFAS Action Act, cosponsored by Rep. Ron Kind, 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. Kind also introduced additional legislation to increase access to testing for PFAS this week.

The legislation, which 183 Republicans in Congress 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 provides $200 million annually for wastewater treatment.

  • Ensure comprehensive PFAS health testing.

“Congressman Ron Kind fought to expand access to clean drinking water and today’s bill passage is a landmark moment in securing better standards that will strengthen Wisconsinites’ public health,” said DCCC Spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Thanks to Rep. Kind and House Democrats, millions of Americans and hundreds of military bases across the country subjected to contaminated drinking water are one step closer to being better protected from these harmful chemicals.”


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