The National Ground Water Association applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for advancing the dialogue relating to polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) with the passage of the “PFAS Action Act of 2019” on January 10.
Passing the House by a bipartisan vote of 257-159, the legislation seeks to set drinking water limits for PFOA and PFOS and mandate that it be protective of the most sensitive populations.
NGWA’s advocacy efforts directly led to the inclusion of an amendment that sets aside $1 million to create a tool on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website to assist private well owners in better understanding test results for their well water and connect them to local health and government resources.
“I’d like to congratulate NGWA’s members for their effective advocacy efforts during this PFAS debate in the House,” said NGWA CEO Terry S. Morse, CAE, CIC. “Our work is not done yet; I look forward to continuing NGWA’s leadership role in protecting our groundwater resources through sound policy.”
The passage of the “PFAS Action Act of 2019” came after bi-partisan negotiations broke down at the end of 2019. President Trump has threatened to veto this bill as it stands now due to concerns over regulatory requirements and costs associated with the new regulations.
“I look forward to continuing our work with Congress to develop bi-partisan solutions that are based on the best available science relating to regulating PFAS,” said NGWA’s Federal Affairs Director John Farner. “NGWA’s membership is in a unique position to serve as the go-to experts in how to effectively manage our nation’s groundwater sources, ensuring they are safe and reliable for years to come.”
NGWA will continue to advocate for working solutions relating to PFAS during the 2020 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In and Water Resources Congressional Summit, which will be held March 3-4 in Washington D.C.