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NACWA Seeks Bipartisan Cosponsorship of House PFAS Bill

Jun 20, 2024

With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalizing the designation of PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), NACWA continues to push for Congress to provide a targeted legislative exemption for water systems from CERCLA liability.

NACWA, a founding member of the Water Coalition Against PFAS, is working with its water sector partners to inform Congress about the potentially devastating impacts the CERCLA designation could have on water systems and their ratepayers.

Legislation has been introduced both in the Senate and House that would provide water systems with the necessary third-party protections from CERCLA liability as they provide clean water services essential to public health.

The Water Systems PFAS Liability Protection Act (S. 1430 and HR 7944), which was introduced by Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Reps. John Curtis (R-Utah) and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.), continues to gain momentum in Congress. However, lawmakers must hear directly from their constituents on this matter.  

NACWA is actively working to secure bipartisan cosponsors for the House bill. Your input is crucial in this process, and we are asking members to contact to their Members of Congress with this “Call to Action” letter template for H.R. 7944. Please contact NACWA’s legislative team if you have questions or need assistance identifying which Member of Congress to engage.

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