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Union of Concerned Scientists * WE ACT for Environmental Justice
July 10, 2019
RE: Support PFAS amendments to NDAA
On behalf of our millions of members and supporters nationwide, we urge you to support PFAS reform amendments to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2020.
Per-and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances are “forever chemicals” that contaminate the drinking water of millions of Americans. This week, the House will vote on a series of amendments to H.R. 2500 that would begin to address the PFAS contamination crisis. These amendments will help us understand the scope of the crisis; address ongoing PFAS releases; clean-up legacy PFAS; and assist military families with finding solutions to health problems linked to PFAS pollution.
In particular, we urge you to support amendments that would:
- Designate PFAS as hazardous substances under CERLCA, the Superfund law (Dingell #537)
- Accelerate PFAS cleanup near military and other federal installations (Dingell #538)
- Require community notification of DOD PFAS detections (Turner #94)
- Quickly phase out military use of PFAS in firefighting foam (Dean #512)
- Set limits on PFAS discharges into drinking water supplies (Pappas #665)
- End the use of PFAS in military food packaging (Dingell #141)
- Expand water quality monitoring for PFAS (Kildee #7)
- Regulate incineration of PFAS wastes (Levin #352)
- Provide additional $5 million for ATSDR study (Dean #518)
- Create an online health database for military members (Pappas #165)
- Require GAO to study DOD’s PFAS clean-up efforts (Kildee #159)
While these actions will not completely solve the PFAS crisis, they are important first steps towards protecting our families and communities from these toxic chemicals.
Again, we urge you to VOTE YES when these amendments are offered to H.R. 2500, the National Defense Authorization Act.
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for Environmental Health
Clean Water Action
Endangered Species Coalition
Environmental Health Strategy Center
Environmental Working Group
League of Conservation Voters
Natural Resources Defense Council
Safer Chemicals Healthy Families
Southern Environmental Law Center
Union of Concerned Scientists
WE ACT for Environmental Justice