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Larson Votes for Strong PFAS Regulations

January 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) voted for a bill (H.R.535) that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances).

“For decades, scientists have warned that PFAS chemicals like PFOA and PFOS can harm our health, but the EPA has been too slow to react. Communities across the country have been exposed to these harmful chemicals, including Windsor, which was exposed to a firefighting PFAS foam spill last year. This bill forces the EPA to take the threat posed by these chemical seriously. The designations made in the bill will give the state of Connecticut and our communities resources to undertake remediation efforts and ensure our drinking water is safe.”

H.R.535 would:

  • Require the EPA to list PFOA and PFOS as hazardous under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), also known as Superfund. This designation will make the entities responsible for exposing communities to the chemicals liable for cleanup costs.
  • The EPA would also be required to set standards for unsafe levels of PFAS in drinking water and provide loans and grants to support water infrastructure upgrades.