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Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire

Kuster Statement on EPA Action Plan to Address PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water

Feb 14, 2019
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Today, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02), a member of the PFAS Task Force, released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of its action plan to address Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in drinking water.

“We’ve seen the impact of contaminated drinking water in communities throughout New Hampshire,” said Kuster. “We need an aggressive response to address the prevalence of PFAS and other contaminants that are threatening the health and wellbeing of Granite State families, and unfortunately today’s announcement does not measure up to that need. The response to PFAS requires stronger enforcement mechanisms and comprehensive clean up and mitigation efforts that this plan fails to adequately outline. I will continue to work with the EPA and my colleagues to pursue policies that protect communities in New Hampshire and across the country.”

Kuster has been vocal about the need to address PFAS and other water contaminants in New Hampshire. She has joined with the New Hampshire delegation to call for more research into the connection between pediatric cancer and PFAS exposure. Last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) increased funding for the study of PFAS as requested by Kuster. She has also called on the Trump Administration to immediately release a toxicology report about widespread water contamination from perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).