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Toomey Statement on EPA’s PFAS Action Plan

February 14, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announced plan to address water contaminated by Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS):

"The EPA's announcement is an important step toward addressing the water contamination by PFAS chemicals in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. I'm pleased that the EPA's engagement with impacted communities informed the objectives outlined in their Action Plan. It is also encouraging that this plan includes a timeline for next steps that are legally required for the EPA to set an enforceable drinking water standard."

BACKGROUND

Senator Toomey has consistently supported efforts by the EPA, U.S. Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to take action related to PFAS chemicals. In June 2016, Senator Toomey joined the Pennsylvania delegation in sending a letter to the Department of the Navy requesting it fund health screenings for residents in the affected areas and that they continue to fund remediation efforts. In October 2016, Senator Toomey, Senator Casey, and congressional representatives from southeast Pennsylvania wrote to the Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of the Air Force requesting they provide blood tests, health screenings, and information on the potential health impacts to all current and former employees who worked on the former Navy and Air National Guard bases in Pennsylvania, including military personnel and veterans.

Furthermore, Senator Toomey authored language in the 2018/2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that authorized funding for a study examining the health of military service members and residents who may have been exposed to perfluroinated chemicals at military bases, such as those in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. In the spring of 2018, the EPA announced a PFAS Community Engagement Initiative, through which EPA researchers would hear directly from affected communities on how best to help them. In May 2018, Senator Toomey requested the EPA travel to the contaminated sites in Pennsylvania.