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By a vote of 247 to 159, the House passed the PFAS Action Act of 2019 (H.R. 535). The bill would amend five environmental statutes—the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Clean Air Act (CAA), and Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)—by requiring that the EPA take actions to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and particularly perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), the two most commonly studied PFAS.
Some of the actions described in the H.R. 535’s 18 sections are included in the EPA’s 2019 PFAS Action Plan. But the leading sponsors of the bill say the Agency has been too slow in implementing that plan, and congressional action is needed. The bill passed with bipartisan support—24 Republicans joined 223 Democrats in voting Yea—and was sent to the Senate.