Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Votes to Fight “Forever Chemical” PFAS Contamination

January 10, 2020
Press Release
Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) voted to pass H.R.535, the PFAS Action Act which would bar the manufacturing of new polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” and direct the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish drinking water standards for them as well as Superfund cleanup designation. It would also authorize $100 million for this and the next fiscal year for a grant program to support treatment efforts.
“Every American in every community across our country deserves clean water. That is why I voted for and strongly support the passage of the PFAS Action Act today. PFAS contamination sites blanket the map, affecting almost every state and PFAS chemicals have been implicated in cancer and other illnesses. The harmful effects are felt in our veteran and military family community — many of whom were exposed to the chemicals that were used at military installations,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “Unfortunately, the spread of PFAS contamination is moving faster than the EPA’s efforts to regulate, prevent, detect, and treat contaminated water supplies. Failing to act is a failure to the American people and will only cost us immeasurably more to deal with the environmental and health fallout in the future.”
Background: In December, PFAS-related provisions were stripped from the final version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Many of the provisions in the House version of the 2020 NDAA that Rep. Tulsi Gabbard fought to include and voted to pass out of committee last summer, are included in H.R.535 along with provisions from other PFAS-related bills introduced this Congress.
Congresswoman Gabbard has been a leader in Congress on fighting toxic chemicals that harm our environment and our ohana. She has introduced two bills, the Oxybenzone and Octinoxate Impact Study Act of 2019 as well as the Reef Safe Act of 2019, to study and protect public health and our environment, including our precious coral reefs, from potentially harmful chemicals in sunscreen. She has also joined with 41 of her colleagues to introduce the Ban Toxic Pesticides Act of 2019, which would re-ban the use and stockpile of a toxic pesticide, chlorpyrifos (CPY), to protect our environment and the health of our people.
About Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is serving her fourth term in the United States House representing Hawai‘i’s Second District, and serves on the House Armed Services and Financial Services Committees. She previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Homeland Security Committee. She was elected to the Honolulu City Council in 2010, and prior to that at age 21, was elected to the Hawaiʻi State Legislature in 2002, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. Tulsi Gabbard has served in the Hawaiʻi Army National Guard for 16 years, is a veteran of two Middle East deployments, and continues to serve as a Major. Learn more about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard...
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