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Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barrasso: "Forever chemical' bill has 'no prospects' in Senate"

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"As the most densely populated state in the country and one of the most industrialized, New Jersey has had a particularly high occurrence of PFAS contamination in drinking water," McCabe said in July. "That is why we have taken the threat of PFAS chemicals so seriously, and have played an early, leading role among the states in addressing this problem."

Earlier this year, a group of Princeton University researchers announced they were studying a microbe that was able to break down PFAS in lab vials. "We knew this was a big environmental challenge, to find an organism that could degrade these perfluorinated organics," lead

researcher Peter Jaffe said in a news release in September. Over 100 days, the bacteria were able to break down 60 percent of the PFAS in the lab vials, according to Princeton University officials. "We would like to get the removal higher, and then go and test it in the field," Jaffe said.

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) said Dec. 6 that he wouldn't accept provisions on regulating so-called "forever chemicals" in the fiscal 2020 defense reauthorization bill that are weaker than what the House passed in July.

Lawmakers are anxious to move forward on the must-pass defense bill, which lays out priorities for Pentagon programs. But the disagreement over the PFAS provisions sets a significant hurdle to getting it into law.

Senate Republicans are unwilling to adopt a "meaningful drinking water standard" that would impose limits on two per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Pallone told

reporters.

Senate Republicans have also refused to require cleanup of toxic waste in the National Defense Authorization Act, Pallone said.

"We had strong House provisions on both standards for drinking water and cleanup of toxic waste sites, they wouldn't do it, that's it," Pallone said.

Pallone said Republicans have consistently rejected the proposals, including the latest one sent Dec. 5.

Democrats "are not going to vote for a safe drinking water standard that is less than the current law. They're not saying that the bill can have weakened standards in it, they're saying they want something that

accomplishes the goal of addressing PFAS."

Nearly 70 Democrats said in a letter they wouldn't vote for a bill without strong language on cleaning up the chemicals, which are linked to cancer and other health problems and plague communities around the country.

Not a single Republican voted for the defense bill (H.R. 2500) that passed the House July 12.

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Pallone's Floor Statement on H.R. 535 deserves exposure:



Pallone Floor Statement on H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) delivered remarks on the House Floor during consideration of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, which ...
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It seems to me this was already litigated, as portrayed by Mark Rufallo in the recent movie, Dark Waters.

If that's the case, and the ruling covers Du Pont and other chemical companies in establishing the harm to health, including death, of PFAS, then EPA is actually criminally negligent in not enforcing the finding of the court, which includes a $90 billion fine, plenty to clean up the PFAS sites, or at least to get started.


If EPA won't do that, it seems to me the place to go is to the court, not to Congress, which is already corrupted.


If EPA still won't act, it's time to call in the FBI - yes, I know, THAT FBI, but still, the local office might still enforce the actual law.


Arrests can be made of EPA officials, all the way to the top if necessary. They are defying a court ruling, no?

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However, litigation may create precedents, but litigation doesn't create binding statutes, and of course the oldest of Bugaboos, is determined both by court action and by legislation: who is going to pay for it?


Here is more from NJ Congressman Frank Pallone, whose state, again, suffers from more PFAS pollution than any other:



WMBC: Pallone Updates Public on Legislation to Address PFAS contamination WMBC.
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