PFAS Bill Passes House with Provisions Written by Rep. Andy Levin

January 10, 2020
Press Release
The PFAS Action Act, which today passed the House with bipartisan support, including Rep. Levin’s PFAS Safe Disposal Act and one amendment written by Rep. Levin to ensure accountability in PFAS cleanup.

Rep. Levin speaks on the House Floor today in support of his amendment.

Congressman Andy Levin, a member of the House PFAS Task Force, today joined a bipartisan majority in the U.S. House and voted to pass the PFAS Action Act, which would regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination and protect public health. The bill includes legislation authored by Congressman Andy Levin, the PFAS Safe Disposal Act, which would ensure that when PFAS chemicals are destroyed by incineration, no PFAS is emitted into the air. Additionally, Rep. Levin authored an amendment included in the bill that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide a comprehensive report to Congress on the safe cleanup and disposal of PFAS chemicals.

“Properly addressing PFAS contamination will require a monumental effort with coordination at the federal, state and local levels,” Rep. Levin said. “Today, the House took a major, bipartisan step toward committing the tools of the federal government to cleaning up these toxic chemicals nationwide. I was proud that today’s bill includes my PFAS Safe Disposal Act, which would ensure that when PFAS is eliminated by incineration, that the chemicals don’t end up in the air we breathe. I also authored an amendment to create accountability in the PFAS cleanup and disposal process.

“In Michigan, we know the critical importance of protecting drinking water from contamination. Let our state continue to lead in the fight to protect families from forever chemicals like PFAS, and preserve our precious water resources.”

The PFAS Action Act will provide the protections impacted communities need quickly and for the long term. The bill would require EPA to use tools under several environmental statutes to:

  • Stem the flow of PFAS contamination into the environment by requiring cleanup of sites contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, setting air emission limits, prohibiting unsafe incineration of PFAS, and limiting the introduction of new PFAS chemicals into commerce;
  • Identify health risks by requiring comprehensive health testing for all PFAS, reporting of PFAS releases, and monitoring for PFAS in drinking water;
  • Limit human exposure to PFAS by requiring a drinking water standard for PFAS that protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations like pregnant women, infants, and children; and holding polluters accountable.  The legislation also provides grants to impacted water systems, creates a voluntary label for cookware that is PFAS free, and provides guidance for first responders to limit their exposures.