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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher’s Bill to Protect First Responders and Environment from PFAS Passes House
Washington, January 10, 2020 | Rocio Cruz (202-657-3073)
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that her bill to protect first responders and the environment from PFAS passed the House as a part of H.R. 535, the bipartisan PFAS Action Act. Fletcher introduced H.R. 2638 last year, which directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue guidance for firefighters and other first responders on how to minimize the use of PFAS in firefighting foams. It passed the House 247-159.
“I am glad that my bill to protect our first responders and communities from PFAS has passed the House. EPA guidance on the use of PFAS in firefighting foams can limit its exposure to the environment and protect the health of our first responders,” said Congresswoman Fletcher. “This is a step in the right direction to minimize the risks PFAS chemicals pose.”
During the Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) plant fire in Deer Park, Texas in March 2019, fire fighters used more than 130,000 gallons of foam to extinguish the flames. High levels of PFAS were found in the water of the Houston Ship Channel and lower levels were found farther downstream, according to the Galveston Bay Foundation.
In addition to language from Fletcher’s legislation, the PFAS Action Act also does the following:
You can watch the Congresswoman’s floor speech on the bill here.