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Gillibrand, Delgado backing bill to regulate PFAS pollution

Jun 02, 2021 5:43 am

Nick Reisman reports for Spectrum News that New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Antonio Delgado are backing a reintroduced bill that would have PFAS chemicals regulated under the Clean Water Act. “Across New York State, and in almost every state across the country, communities have had their water supplies needlessly polluted by toxic PFAS chemicals,” Gillibrand said. “By developing effluent limitations guidelines and clear standards for all measurable PFAS, we can stop PFAS at the source and prevent contamination of our drinking water." In the Hudson Valley, Cairo, Hoosick Falls, and Newburgh have all had recent problems with PFAS, or so-called "forever" chemicals, in municipal drinking water. "Hoosick Falls, Petersburgh, and other communities across New York's 19th Congressional District have faced unacceptable challenges with PFAS pollution. Congress must do more to address PFAS exposure," Delgado said. "The Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act creates wastewater quality standards that will safeguard the health of upstate families.'' Read more about this story at the Spectrum News website.