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Larson Votes for Environmental Protections Related to PFAS

July 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the environmental protections included in the FY2020 National Defense Authorization Act relating to Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination.

“I’m proud to vote today to support these environmental protections against PFAS contamination. The Federal government needs to set the standards that states can follow when it comes to dealing with PFAS and support remediation and cleanup efforts. Connecticut just recently experienced PFAS contamination in the Farmington River, and these provisions will help situations like that spill in the future,” said Larson.

The following provisions were included in the NDAA:

  • The NDAA includes The PFAS Action Act cosponsored by Larson. This amendment makes PFAS chemicals a hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)/Superfund law. This determination will give states federal resources for cleanup efforts and hold polluters responsible.
  • The NDAA would require the EPA to consider PFAS as toxic pollutants under the Clean Water Act, requiring the agency to set standards and limits for the treatment of PFAS water.  
  • $5 million authorized for the US Geological Survey to begin a five year study to identify PFAS contamination.
  • Requires the DOD to phase out PFAS Foam for firefighting by 2025. The FAA and DOD are working together to identify a safe alternative to PFAS. These mandates will ensure that federal resources are sufficiently invested in finding an alternative so that our communities are no longer at risk of incidents like the Farmington River spill.  
  • The military will no longer be able to use MRE’s with PFAS. This will protect our servicemembers from being exposed to unnecessary contamination.
  • The military will be required to train medical professionals on the hazards of PFAS.