Congresswoman Barbara Lee Votes to Protect the Health of American Families from Dangerous Forever Chemicals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee voted to pass H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, to protect families from PFAS “forever chemicals,” designating them as hazardous substances, cleaning up existing contamination, and protecting public health by providing critical resources for communities. Congresswoman Lee released the following statement after the vote:

“It is past time that we protect our communities from PFAS contamination, which has been scientifically proven to have negative health outcomes for children and their families. We must ensure that these ‘forever chemicals’ do not seep into the water we drink, float in the air we breathe, or contaminate the food we eat.”

“Our communities have waited too long for Congress to act, and today’s vote was a key victory for the people. With the passage of H.R. 535, we are protecting millions of Americans from exposure to chemicals that cause cancer, liver disease, asthmas, infertility, and other negative health outcomes. We are also protecting over 400 U.S. military sites where our troops may have been exposed to these dangerous forever chemicals.”

“Protecting the health of Americans is a top priority for House Democrats. This is why I will continue to fight the environmental hazards of PFAS as your representative in Congress.”