House Passes Bill to Aid Long Island Communities in Water Contamination Cleanup
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the Congressional PFAS Task Force, issued the following statement after voting in favor of the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535), which would regulate per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and assist local communities in cleaning up water contamination:
"When it comes to our communities' drinking water, there is no room for error. With Long Island identified as the area with the most amount of emerging contaminants in our drinking water compared to the rest of New York State, all levels of government must act with urgency to help protect local families’ drinking supplies. This is the drinking water for so many Long Islanders. Failure to act is not an option, and passage of this important legislation is a critical step to ensure local families have safe and clean drinking water. "
The PFAS Action Act of 2019 directs the EPA to:
- Designate PFOA and PFOS as a hazardous substance to prevent further environmental contamination and require cleanup of contaminated sites.
- Set air emission limits for PFOA and PFOS, prohibit unsafe incineration of PFAS, and limit the introduction of new PFAS chemicals into commerce.
- Identify health risks by requiring comprehensive health testing and monitoring for PFAS in drinking water.
- Require a drinking water standard for at least PFOA and PFOS that protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations.
- Provide funding through the PFAS Infrastructure Grant Program to assist local communities with impacted water systems.