The bill contains measures that were nixed from other legislation passed in December after an impasse between Republican and Democratic leaders, and that would be a major step in addressing a pressing environmental issue.
An estimated 1,400 communities -- including some in
The EPA "is not going to take care of this problem.
The legislation "would set our country on track to effectively begin to confront this PFAS contamination crisis," Rep.
The legislation reflects 3 1/2 years of growing anxiety in communities from
"I now urge the
After passing with 247 votes, including those of 24
They said Thursday that they were working with senators, and that
"If they're willing to act, we're willing to work with them," Rep.
The EPA is researching and monitoring PFAS and developing some guidelines, all processes that began in February or earlier and are not complete. The EPA had pledged to take the next step in creating a drinking water regulation by the end of 2019, but failed to do so.
"For the first time in agency history, we utilized all of our program offices to construct an all-encompassing plan to help states and local communities address PFAS and protect our nation's drinking water," EPA Administrator
The bill would designate two common types of PFAS as hazardous substances, require the EPA to establish drinking water regulations for them under the Safe Drinking Water Act, add them to the Toxic Release Inventory, and list them as hazardous air pollutants.
It would also require polluters to clean up PFAS contamination under the Superfund law, provide for some monitoring, testing, and funding, prohibit burning PFAS for disposal, and minimize the use of firefighting foam and other equipment containing the chemicals.
"I think about my neighbors, I think about my two baby boys and what kind of water they're drinking, and whether or not it's going to be safe," Kim said.
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