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Congressman Boyle Condemns EPA Decision To Not Regulate PFAS In Drinking Water

January 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) released the following statement in response to reports of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to not regulate the levels of PFOS and PFOA chemicals in Americans’ drinking water, an action he has led the fight for in Congress since 2016:

“The EPA’s sole mission is to protect the safety of our environment. Ensuring every American can trust the safety of the water flowing out of their tap is a fundamental responsibility. After years of overwhelming outcry from communities across the country, state and local governments, impacted families and military veterans, a growing body of science, and countless elected officials, I cannot believe the EPA has decided to fail to meet its clear duty to regulate these drinking water contaminants. I won’t stop fighting to make the EPA do its job under the Safe Drinking Water Act. It is now clear I must reintroduce my legislation to require this action with absolute certainty. In the meantime, the Senate should not confirm Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the EPA without his commitment to reversing this misguided decision.”

Congressman Boyle is a founding member of the Congressional PFAS Task Force. In both the 114th and 115th Congress, he introduced bipartisan legislation that would have required the EPA to set an enforceable, nationwide drinking water standard for PFAS. He has also secured over $160 million in government funding for cleaning up, studying, and preventing future PFAS contamination. Additionally, he lead a bipartisan letter calling for the release of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) study indicating these chemicals are more dangerous the human health than previously understood. The study was initially withheld by the Trump Administration for fear of negative publicity.

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