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house Bill H.R. 535

Should the EPA Designate PFAS as Hazardous Substances & Monitor Their Presence in Water Systems?

Argument in favor

This bill would address the threat posed by PFAS contamination in the air, soil, and water by establishing standards for their safe disposal. It would also require community water systems to monitor for the presence of PFAS, and establish grants for states & water systems to address the presence of PFAS.

Ticktock's Opinion
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01/10/2020
Yes. This group of chemicals are not biodegradable but stay in the environment for decades as they accumulate. They cause cancer and disrupts variety of other biological functions from low birth weights to thyroid, kidneys, liver and immune system. This chemical group permeates the entire eco system’s animals and plants. The important thing to remember is they have been used since the 1950s, they accumulate in your body, they impede biological function and they are carcinogenic.
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jimK's Opinion
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01/10/2020
This bill makes sense. It sets up a monitoring program and scientific assessments for these widely used chemicals that do not break down and have been shown to have detrimental side effects. The process outlined addresses issues of how much is too much, how much is land, air and water borne, and quantifies the associated health hazards. It sets up a reasonable timeline for studies before imposing penalties, giving cities and industry time to react and prepare for potential resulting regulations. It is a well thought out process for assuring that the extent of public health risks are known in advance of enforcement, as well as finding realistic methods for disposal. It is one of the more thoughtful and forward looking pieces of legislation I have seen recently- in that it outlines a long term process for assessing and dealing with a long-term health hazard and is not a redundant band-aid ‘nit’ of legislation designed solely for election year ‘creds’.
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Dave 's Opinion
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01/10/2020
The far bigger question should be “how can the EPA be restored back to a level to effectively do its job?” Trump has gutted the EPA with deregulatory executive orders that denies all science and caters to the fossil fuel industry and lobbyists and has replaced many of its dedicated staff with his “dig baby dig” minions. This man is enemy #1 to the environment and he could care less about our safety. Greed. It’s all about greed. Same situation in Australia. Their leaders also have ignored the climate scientists and warnings for decades in favor of the carbon industries and look what’s happening there.
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Argument opposed

While the federal government needs to help states that are disproportionately affected by PFAS contamination, more scientific research needs to be done to understand how the more than 5,000 chemicals classified as PFAS work before this bill’s aggressive mandates are imposed. More moderate steps should be taken in the interim.

Joseph's Opinion
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01/10/2020
Not the responsibility of the federal government
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Robert's Opinion
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01/10/2020
We have do do something to stop poisoning our drinking water. Why I do not like this bill is that prevents the EPA from fining polluters for 5 years. Why the delay? People are being poisoned!
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Just.Dave's Opinion
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01/10/2020
@Dicr: Actually, history shows that democrats prefer dirty water. Look at Flint, Michigan. That was a dem that chose to use the contaminated water source. This wasn't their first of these bad decisions, and it won't be the last. So, go ahead and continue to test them out on your own people as you already do. Maybe when people start dying - oh, wait they already are... maybe people will wake up and stop voting in democrats that are willingly, knowingly poisoning them. Oh, as for my vote of opposition... It's just to oppose the left. Nothing more.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
  • The house Passed January 10th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 247 Yea / 159 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Environment and Climate Change
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials
      Water Resources and Environment
    IntroducedJanuary 14th, 2019

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    Yes, there is evidence to support that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) can lead to adverse health outcomes in humans like: low infant birth weights, negative effects on the immune system, cancer, and thyroid hormone dysfunction. Although, we no longer make these dangerous substances in the USA anymore, other countries do & we import their products containing PFAS. “People can also be exposed to PFAS chemicals if they are released during normal use, biodegradation, or disposal of consumer products that contain PFAS. People may be exposed to PFAS used in commercially-treated products to make them stain- and water-repellent or nonstick. These goods include carpets, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging materials, and non-stick cookware.... Drinking water can be a source of exposure in communities where these chemicals have contaminated water supplies.” Once exposed, PFAS accumulates in the body, leading to negative effects on health. Not only should we monitor PFAS levels in land, air & water and develop safety standards, we also need to develop testing to determine human exposure. We need to work on ways to decrease exposure, including denying trade of goods with PFAS.
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    Does the EPA even care about clean water and air? Last I heard they just keep trying to remove protections on these resources across the board. But if it's still in their mission, then yes, PFAS should be regulated because we ALL deserve to drink clean water and breathe clean air.
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    Our environment has been inundated with these chemicals for so long that we are all full of PFAs - everything, every person even babies, every animal in any form. It’s about time some studies need to be done on them. How do we know they aren’t causing greater harm than was thought. Yes. Studying and figuring out their impact is a necessity. And while we’re at it, let’s figure out how to do without them & how to get them out of EVERYTHING.
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    This has become an issue near me. Airbases that used that chemical have literally poisoned the ground water.
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    Absolutely. The area where we live is highly polluted with multiple enduring chemicals poisoning the water. This is only one of them. Stop polluting the waters for short term financial greed.
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    Please vote yes on this bill — the PFAS Action Act of 2019 — would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate all perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances within one year of this legislation’s enactment. It would require comprehensive testing of hazards posed by PFAS exposure in land, air, and water (including drinking water), as well as in products within six months of enactment. A final rule would be issued within two years of enactment. PFAS have been used in industrial and consumer products since the 1950s in uses such as non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics & carpets, cosmetics, firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.
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    We have do do something to stop poisoning our drinking water. Why I do not like this bill is that prevents the EPA from fining polluters for 5 years. Why the delay? People are being poisoned!
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    Abolish the EPA.
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    Please vote Yea on this!! we need more protections.
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    PFAS can’t be produced in the US but they can be imported and used in certain industries. The question is, “How much of it makes its way into our food and drinking water?” The FDA should be testing imported foods for PFOA, PFOS and other PFASs as well. Don’t just blindly target a chemical with disregard for industry. This should be considered before manufacturing facilities are constructed.
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    Basically, the EPA should just get back to doing their job, instead of destroying our environment.
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    If you have to where oxygen mask to make it. If you cannot drink it when making it. If you cannot eat it when making it. Then it’s toxic. Yes.
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    Absolutely causes cancer and is proven.
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    Protect our environment ASAP! I watch how you Vote!
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    S, my sentiments exactly. To them, it is essential that there be no abortions. However, every program that may help a struggling mother to house, feed, clothe, educate, get medical care and other essentials needed to raise that child, they will do everything in their power to rescind. Such good Christians they are, my ass! Hypocrisy personified!
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    That’s their job, isn’t it? Why is Congress having to mandate something they should have always been doing? They know what these chemicals are. They know their cumulative effects. They know the harmfulness to the human body when air, water and soil are contaminated with these chemicals. I just read the data sheet on their website. The EPA has one job to do: to protect human and environmental health. For Christ’s sake, do your job or go home.
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    As someone getting a degree in environmental science and is educated about many toxins and their possible effects I can answer. Yes.
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    @Dicr: Actually, history shows that democrats prefer dirty water. Look at Flint, Michigan. That was a dem that chose to use the contaminated water source. This wasn't their first of these bad decisions, and it won't be the last. So, go ahead and continue to test them out on your own people as you already do. Maybe when people start dying - oh, wait they already are... maybe people will wake up and stop voting in democrats that are willingly, knowingly poisoning them. Oh, as for my vote of opposition... It's just to oppose the left. Nothing more.
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    We need to protect our environment! Isn’t there enough cancer? No brainer!
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    Chemicals are hazardous to life.
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