Hudson, New York
15 May 2019 02:43PM

WASHINGTON, DC—This morning, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) met with Petersburgh residents Emily Marpe and her daughter Gwen Young prior to Emily testifying before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee about per-and polyfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) water contamination in her community and ongoing health effects from exposure. The Energy and Commerce Committee also considered Rep. Delgado’s legislation to add PFAS to the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) during the hearing.

“PFAS contamination impacts communities across the country and hearing from folks affected by contamination allows Congress to understand the policies necessary to tackle this critical issue. I continue to be inspired by the residents of Petersburgh and Hoosick Falls raising their voices about the impact of PFAS contamination, and thank Emily and Gwen for sharing their story today.” Rep. Delgado continued, “I’m pleased the Energy and Commerce Committee is considering my bipartisan legislation to add PFAS to the TRI and require corporations to annually disclose use of PFAS chemicals to better understand the prevalence of these chemicals in the environment. I will continue to take action to address this issue and owe a debt of gratitude to brave folks like Emily for sharing her story.”

“Congressman Delgado’s legislation before the Committee today is a necessary step to take to address PFAS contamination in Petersburgh,” said Petersburgh resident Emily Marpe. “I appreciate the opportunity to share my story and bring this issue to light before Congress today, and thank Congressman Delgado for continuing to visit and hear from residents, and for offering solutions to address this issue in our communities.”

From Emily’s testimony today, “no mom should ever have to go through I’ve been through. Congress needs to treat this contamination crisis like a crisis. It needs to end PFAS pollution and clean up PFAS contamination. At a minimum, Congress needs to force companies like Taconic Plastic to report their PFAS releases and force our water utilities to tell us if our drinking water is polluted with PFAS chemicals.”

Last week, Representative Antonio Delgado, along with Reps. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), Dan Kildee (MI-05), and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) introduced H.R. 2577 the PFAS Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require to be listed on TRI at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During the most recent District Work Period, Rep. Delgado held his 12th town hall in Hoosick Falls, NY to hear from folks about the prevalence of PFAS in their communities. Rep. Delgado is also an active Member of the Bipartisan Task Force to Address PFAS/PFOA, and invited Hoosick Falls resident Michael Hickey as his featured guest to the State of the Union.

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