Legislation cosponsored by Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens will protect millions of Americans from harmful chemicals in their water
Today’s House passage of the PFAS Action Act, cosponsored by Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens, 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 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.
“Congresswomen Elissa Slotkin and Haley Stevens fought to expand access to clean drinking water and today’s bill passage is a landmark moment in securing better standards that will strengthen Michiganders’ public health,” said DCCC Spokesperson Elena Kuhn. “Thanks to Slotkin, Stevens, 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.”