Mark Ruffalo to Testify at Hearing Calling for Immediate Federal Action on PFAS Contamination

Nov 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 18, 2019)—On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Rep. Harley Rouda, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment, will hold the Subcommittee’s fourth hearing examining PFAS contamination entitled, “Toxic, Forever Chemicals: A Call for Immediate Federal Action on PFAS.”

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

TIME: 2:00 p.m. EST

The hearing will broadcast here

PURPOSE

This hearing will lay out the case for immediate and robust federal regulation of PFAS by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has delayed taking action under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  Currently, thousands of drinking water supplies used by over 100 million Americans are contaminated, due to leaching from toxic waste sites and military use of firefighting foam.

BACKGROUND

  • There is an urgent need for federal action on PFAS chemicals. Currently, PFAS chemicals remain unregulated by the federal government and there are serious concerns that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not strongly regulate them or commit to their cleanup. Additionally, although Department of Defense and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken some action to protect Americans’ from these dangerous chemicals, much more could be done.
     
  • Millions of Americans continue to be exposed to these dangerous “forever chemicals,” often by living on and around military installations and industrial sites, since PFAS have been used in firefighting foam and common household items such as non-stick cookware. Witness Mark Favors has stated that he “had 16 aunts, uncles, or cousins diagnosed with cancer who had all resided in the contaminated areas for at least 10 years, unknowingly using tap water contaminated with PFAS that was eventually found to have toxic levels exceeding the EPA’s unenforceable ‘safe’ limit.”
     
  • Over the past year, the Subcommittee has investigated the origins of the PFAS contamination crisis and the need for accountability.  The Subcommittee’s investigation has demonstrated the need for immediate federal action to address the crisis and revealed that major chemical companies knew for decades that PFAS chemicals were linked to serious health risks. 

WITNESSES

Mark Ruffalo
Actor, Producer and Activist

Scott Faber
Senior Vice President for Government Affairs
Environmental Working Group

Mark Favors
U.S. Army Veteran
Member, Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition

Tiger Joyce (minority witness)
President
American Tort Reform Association

116th Congress