‘Forever Chemicals’ Bills Dominate Second
EWG Action Fund Chemical Scorecard

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Working Group Action Fund has released its second report scoring every member of the U.S. House of Representatives for their votes on legislation related to toxic chemicals.

“Regardless of party, a majority of members of Congress voted to protect consumers and workers from the health risks posed by toxic chemicals, especially the toxic fluorinated chemicals known as PFAS,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs for EWG Action Fund.

To arrive at the scores for each member, EWG Action Fund selected eight bills and amendments that lawmakers voted on during the 116th session of Congress.

The mix of legislation included proposals to gut Environmental Protection Agency science, increase toxic air pollution and replace lead water pipes.

Analysis by EWG Action Fund found that only 16 House members voted against toxic chemical safeguards every time, down from more than 100 members in the 115th Congress.

Strong bipartisan majorities voted in favor of policies that reduce and remediate PFAS, which have been linked to serious health problems.

House members from both parties helped lead efforts to address PFAS pollution, including Reps. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), Andy Levin (D-Mich.), Xochitl Torres-Small (D-N.M.), Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), Haley Stevens (D-Mich.), Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), Bill Posey (R-Fla.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Michael Turner (R-Ohio) and Don Young (R-Alaska).

Three of the eight votes on chemical policy taken in the 116th Congress were related to PFAS. Two votes to reduce and remediate PFAS pollution passed with strong bipartisan support and a vote to block the designation of PFAS as a “hazardous substance” failed.

By contrast, the Trump administration has failed to regulate PFAS chemicals. In particular, the administration has failed to restrict industrial discharges of PFAS into the air and water, failed to set a national drinking water standard for PFAS, and failed to clean up legacy PFAS contamination.

In addition, the administration reversed a ban of a pesticide linked to brain damage, stopped a rule to ban toxic PCBs in school light fixtures, proposed a loophole for toxic air pollution, allowed a rocket fuel chemical to stay in drinking water, failed to protect workers from a deadly paint-stripping chemical, ignored the risks posed by the “Civil Action” chemical, and cooked the books to keep asbestos legal.

“More and more legislators are rejecting Trump’s efforts to weaken safeguards from toxic chemicals like PFAS,” Faber said. “The EWG Action Scorecard tells you which House members voted to protect public health, and which didn’t.”


IMPORTANT LINKS:

EWG Action Fund’s Scorecard - https://www.ewgaction.org/protectyourhealth/EWGAF_Scorecard_2020.pdf

Scored Bill Summaries - https://www.ewgaction.org/protectyourhealth/billsummaries.html


RECOGNIZED FOR PERFECT SCORE:

Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa.)

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.)

Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-N.Y.)

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.)

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.)

Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.)

Reps. Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and Annie Kuster (D-N.H.)

Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.)

Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.)

Rep. Haley Stevens (D-Mich.)

Reps. Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M)