Hearing on "Protecting Americans at Risk of PFAS Contamination & Exposure”
The Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee held a legislative hearing on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:30 am in 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building on a series of bills aimed at addressing perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) contamination. The hearing is entitled, “Protecting Americans at Risk of PFAS Contamination & Exposure.”
H.R. 535, the "PFAS Action Act of 2019," Reps. Dingell (D-MI) and Upton (R-MI) introduced H.R. 535, the “PFAS Action Act of 2019.” The bill requires the EPA Administrator to designate, within one year, all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances as hazardous substances under Superfund (CERCLA). This designation would ensure that PFAS contamination is cleaned up under Superfund authorities.
H.R. 2377, the "Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019," Reps. Boyle (D-PA) and Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced H.R. 2377, the “Protect Drinking Water from PFAS Act of 2019.” The bill requires EPA to set a drinking water maximum contaminant level (MCL) for total per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances to protect public health.
H.R. 2533, the "Providing Financial Assistance for Safe Drinking Water Act," Chairman Pallone (D-NJ) introduced H.R. 2533, the “Providing Financial Assistance for Safe (PFAS) Drinking Water Act.” The bill requires the EPA Administrator to establish, within 180 days of enactment, a program to award grants to PFAS-affected water systems to pay the capital costs associated with installing treatment technologies that can remove all detectable amounts of PFAS from drinking water.
H.R. 2566, Rep. Soto (D-FL) introduced H.R. 2566. The bill requires EPA to establish a label under the Safer Choice program for cookware that is PFAS-free. The label would be available to cookware manufacturers on a voluntary basis to inform consumer choice.
H.R. 2570, the "PFAS User Fee Act of 2019," Rep. Rouda (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2570, the “PFAS User Fee Act of 2019.” The bill establishes a trust fund, financed through user fees from PFAS manufacturers, to pay the ongoing operations and maintenance costs of water treatment works and drinking water treatment plants that remove contamination from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
H.R. 2577, Rep. Delgado (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2577. The bill amends the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act of 1986 to require reporting on releases of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances through the Toxics Release Inventory.
H.R. 2591, the "PFAS Waste Incineration Ban Act of 2019," Rep. Khanna (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2591, the “PFAS Waste Incineration Ban Act of 2019.” The bill amends the Solid Waste Disposal Act to prohibit the incineration disposal of fire-fighting foam containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The bill also requires the EPA Administrator to, within 12 months, identify additional wastes containing PFAS for which a prohibition on incineration may be necessary to protect human health.
H.R. 2600, the "Toxic PFAS Control Act," Rep. Dean (D-PA) introduced H.R. 2600, the “Toxic PFAS Control Act.” The bill amends Section 6 of TSCA to comprehensively regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The bill would prohibit the manufacture of any new PFAS chemical substance within one year and existing PFAS within two years. It would also prohibit the processing of existing PFAS within three years; establish standards for the safe disposal of PFAS; require labeling of all articles containing PFAS; and limit exemptions available for PFAS.
H.R. 2605, Rep. Stevens (D-MI) introduced H.R. 2605. The bill requires the EPA Administrator to issue a final rule within 180 days listing PFAS as a hazardous air pollutant under the Clean Air Act and requires the Administrator to identify source categories for PFAS within one year.
H.R. 2608, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2608. The bill requires comprehensive health testing of all PFAS under the Toxic Substances Control Act and reporting from all manufacturers and processors of PFAS on health, safety, and environmental impacts.
H.R. 2626, Rep. Upton (R-MI) introduced H.R. 2626. The bill amends the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980 to require cleanups at federal facilities to meet state limits for PFAS.
H.R. 2638, Rep. Fletcher (D-TX) introduced H.R. 2638. The bill requires to issue guidance for firefighters and other first responders to minimize the use of foam and other firefighting materials containing PFAS and to minimize their health risk from PFAS exposure.
Memorandum from Chairman Pallone as prepared for delivery
Opening Statement of Chairman Pallone as prepared for delivery
Opening Statement of Subcommittee Chairman Tonko as prepared for delivery
Erik D. Olson
Health Program Director
Natural Resources Defense Council
Jamie DeWitt, PhD, DABT
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Mother and Community Member
Petersburgh, New York
Brian Steglitz, P.E.
Manager, Water Treatment Services
City of Ann Arbor
Executive Director, Government Affairs
American Water Works Association
Jane C. Luxton
Partner, Co-Chair of the Environmental and Administrative Law Practice