PoliticalNews.me - Mar 08,2017 - Gillibrand, Schumer Unveil New Plan to Ensure Safer Drinking Water Across NY:
Harmful Contaminants Found in New York Drinking Water- From Hoosick Falls to Newburgh to Long Island- Require Fed Action; Senators Intro Legislation to Protect New Yorkers From Dangerous Toxins From NY Water
New Bill Would Force EPA To Develop a Maximum Contaminant Level for Perfluorinated Compounds like PFOS & PFOA, and 1,4 Dioxane, Perchlorate Federal Maximum Contaminant Level in Drinking Water Does Not Yet Exist for these Chemicals & Many Questions On Health Risks Remain Gillibrand, Schumer: We Will Use Every Ounce Of Our Influence To Drop Dangerous Chemicals From NY Water
March 6, 2017
Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, today announced legislation that would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a maximum contaminant level for perfluorinated compounds (including PFOA and PFOS), 1,4 dioxane, and perchlorate in public water systems. Currently, these chemicals are unregulated under the Safe Water Drinking Act and this legislation would require the EPA to create safety guidelines and determine legally enforceable standards that apply to public water systems.
“We’ve seen very clearly how much damage can happen to our local drinking water supplies when toxic chemicals like PFOA, PFOS, 1,4 dioxane, and perchlorate aren’t monitored by the EPA,” said Senator Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “My legislation would require the EPA to come up with strong and enforceable safety standards for these toxins, so that no other community has to experience what Hoosick Falls, Newburgh, and Long Island have gone through over the last year. New Yorkers should be able to drink water without having to worry about whether it’s safe. Anything less than that standard is unacceptable.”
“When it comes to drinking water from Hoosick Falls to Newburgh, we can never be too safe and that’s why we need to pass legislation that sets universal standards and clamps down on dangerous contaminants” said U.S Senator Charles Schumer. “With the recent incidents of contaminated drinking water in New York, it’s crystal clear that we need a maximum contaminant level set by the EPA for perfluorinated compounds like PFOA/PFOS, 1,4 dioxane and perchlorate. I will use every ounce of my clout to work with my colleagues in the Senate and make sure this common-sense public health bill to ensure safe drinking water is passed.”
“If President Trump is serious about providing ‘crystal clear, clean drinking water’ to all Americans, he should leap at the chance to sign this legislation. All Americans deserve drinking water free from chemicals that may cause cancer, hormone disruption and other serious health problems, and this proposal will go a long way in honoring that basic obligation. PFCs, perchlorate and 1,4-dioxane are widespread contaminants in the nation’s drinking water supply and there is robust research showing all three pose a significant threat to human health. Congress can and must take action to reduce the public’s exposure and it can start by passing this legislation. EWG applauds Sens. Gillibrand