House Passes Bipartisan PFAS Action Act with Key Pappas Provisions

July 21, 2021
Press Release
The PFAS Action Act contains Pappas’s Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act to regulate PFAS, hold polluters accountable, and help communities upgrade water systems

Click here to watch Pappas’s floor remarks in support of this legislation

Today, the House of Representatives passed the PFAS Action Act of 2021, a comprehensive piece of legislation that seeks to limit the impacts of PFAS contamination on our communities and our environment. 

The PFAS Action Act contains provisions introduced by Congressman Pappas based on his Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act. These provisions would regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals under the Clean Water Act to finally stop manufacturers and other polluters from contaminating our nation’s waterways with toxic levels of PFAS. 

“The PFAS Action Act is a landmark bill that will protect millions of Americans from toxic ‘forever chemicals.’ This is a bipartisan issue and an issue that impacts communities in literally every state. Far too many Americans are drinking contaminated water from water systems and private wells, and far too little has been done by the federal government to address this,” said Congressman Pappas. “We can change that by enacting this legislation that will safeguard our water and environment, hold polluters accountable, and protect the health of our families and communities. I am glad that the House has passed this comprehensive bill and hope the Senate will take immediate action.”

Specifically, the PFAS Action Act will:

  • Minimize PFAS contamination within our communities by limiting the production of new PFAS chemicals, requiring the cleanup of contaminated sites, and setting air emission standards
  • Work to better identify the health risks associated with PFAS contamination to help communities that have already been exposed
  • Limit further human exposure to PFAS by establishing drinking water standards and providing communities with the resources they need to fix impacted water systems