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House Lawmakers Spar Over Future PFAS Drinking Water Regulations

July 28, 2020, 6:03 PM

The EPA’s lack of enforceable drinking water limits for PFAS and perchlorate shows the decades-old process for protecting the public from contaminants isn’t working, House Democrats said Tuesday.

The Safe Drinking Water Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency too much discretion to decide not to regulate chemicals that may pose a risk to human health, said Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce committee, including chairman Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).

Republican members were concerned the legislative changes the majority is contemplating could force small water utilities to use ineffective methods to control water quality.

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), chair of...

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