Representatives Kuster and Pappas Meet with Community Members and Experts to Discuss Solutions to PFAS Contamination
(Litchfield, NH) – Today, Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) met with Granite Staters whose communities have been affected by PFAS exposure and heard from experts on how to best move forward in addressing the proliferation of these chemicals in New Hampshire. Both representatives are members of the Bipartisan PFAS Task Force in Congress.
“The proliferation of PFAS throughout our environment is a threat to human health and a burden on communities nationwide and throughout the Granite State – it is long past time for us to come up with solutions to address chemical contamination,” said Rep. Kuster. “I will continue to listen to those who have been affected by PFAS contamination and the experts who are working on solutions. I look forward to supporting legislation to provide access to safe drinking water for all and get these chemicals out of our communities.”
“New Hampshire families are living with long-term health effects from PFAS, so-called forever chemicals that have contaminated drinking water and our environment. Because of the tireless work of advocates and community leaders, we are beginning to see meaningful discussion at the federal and state level,” said Rep. Pappas. “There is nothing more important than safeguarding the health and well-being of our communities and families. We must roll up our sleeves and continue pushing for science-based regulations and policies that will eliminate the threat these PFAS compounds pose.”
Representatives Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas have taken on leadership roles to address PFAS and other water contaminants in New Hampshire and across the nation. The Representatives recently introduced the Clean Water Standards for PFAS Act to decrease PFAS contamination and hold polluters accountable to secure access to safe drinking water as well as the Protecting Communities from New PFAS Act to reduce the output of these chemicals. Rep. Kuster has been vocal in calling on the Trump Administration’s EPA to improve its response to PFAS contamination in local communities as well.
Participants in the panel included:
- Diane Cotter, Your Turnout Gear and PFOA.
- Laurene Allen, Merrimack Citizens for Clean Water.
- Dr. Paula Mouser, Professor and Researcher, UNH Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
- Margaret Byrnes, Director, New Hampshire Municipal Association.
- Wendy Thomas, NH State Representative for Merrimack
- Mindi Messmer, NH Safe Water Alliance
- Clark Friese, Assistant Commissioner New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.