Doyle Votes to Protect Americans from PFAS

January 10, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – January 10, 2020 – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) voted with a majority of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to approve H.R. 535, legislation to address the threat that PFAS chemicals pose to Americans.

“The American people expect that Congress will protect them from toxic chemicals, and that means getting – and keeping – harmful ‘forever chemicals’ like PFAS out of their drinking water and household products,” Congressman Doyle observed after the vote. “The PFAS Action Act would do that by requiring EPA to set a safe standard for PFAS in drinking water, requiring the clean-up of PFAS pollution sites, and providing assistance to affected communities to help clean up their water systems.”

Per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (referred to as PFAS) are a class of man-made chemicals that are used in firefighting foam and many everyday consumer products. These chemicals are toxic, and because they don’t break down very quickly, they are often referred to as “forever chemicals.” That persistence in the environment leads to the build-up of these chemicals in the bodies of both humans and animals, where they have been linked to health problems such as cancer, infertility, impaired child development, high cholesterol, and thyroid disease.

H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, would:

  • set a 2-year deadline for EPA to set a safe drinking water standard for PFAS
  • provide grants to help communities clean up water systems contaminated by PFAS
  • reduce the flow of two types of hazardous PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, into the environment by requiring the cleanup of sites contaminated with these toxic, persistent chemicals
  • require EPA to conduct a 5-year study on the health effects of other types of PFAS that are produced and used today
  • create a 5-year moratorium on new PFAS chemicals until EPA has the chance to study the health effects of them and work with industry to ensure any new PFAS chemicals are safe

Click here for more information about H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act.