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MAJORITY WHIPLINE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2021

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

House Meets at...

Votes Predicted at...

10:00 a.m. Morning Hour
12:00 p.m. Legislative Business   
Fifteen "One Minutes" per side            

First/Last Votes: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.    
    

 

ANY ANTICIPATED MEMBER ABSENCES FOR VOTES TODAY SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE OF THE MAJORITY WHIP AT 6-3210.


Floor Schedule and Procedure:

H.R. 2467 – PFAS Action Act of 2021 (Rep. Dingell – Energy and Commerce)

H.R. 2467 is comprehensive legislation to regulate PFAS chemicals, clean up contamination, and protect public health. H.R. 2467 will provide the protections impacted communities need quickly and for the long term.  The PFAS Action Act of 2021 would require EPA to use tools under several environmental statutes to:

  • Stem the flow of PFAS contamination into the environment by requiring cleanup of sites contaminated with PFOA and PFOS, setting air emission limits, prohibiting unsafe incineration of PFAS, and limiting the introduction of new PFAS chemicals into commerce;
  • Identify health risks by requiring comprehensive health testing for all PFAS, reporting of PFAS releases, and monitoring for PFAS in drinking water;
  • Inform communities of PFAS risks by requiring the EPA Administrator to develop a risk-communication strategy and establish a website with information on testing of household well water; and
  • Limit human exposure to PFAS by requiring a drinking water standard for PFAS that protects public health, including the health of vulnerable subpopulations like pregnant women, infants, and children, and holding polluters accountable.  The legislation also provides grants to impacted water systems, creates a voluntary label for cookware that is PFAS free, provides guidance for first responders to limit their exposures, and requires effluent limitations and pretreatment standards for PFAS introduction or discharge. 

The PFAS Action Act will generate and rely on science to address PFAS risks.  To keep science at the forefront of decision-making, the bill directs EPA to:

  • Address the two most studied PFAS, PFOA and PFOS, right away while requiring the development of needed health and safety studies on all other PFAS;
  • Identify relevant subclasses of PFAS and tailor testing for those classes, recognizing that different types of PFAS may pose different risks and require different risk management approaches; and
  • Meet deadlines for further regulatory decisions based on when that scientific data should be available, without predetermining what those decisions should be.

The Rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The Rule makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:

Kildee Amendment

Adds additional requirements for the website EPA is required to create to better help well water users test their water and understand the results.

Leger Fernandez Amendment

Ensures that testing under Sec. 3 and the risk communication strategy under Sec. 15 considers the risks PFAS poses to water used for agricultural purposes.

Levin (MI) Amendment

Establishes a new grant program to test for and remediate PFAS containments in the drinking water at school facilities, and authorizes $100 million to carry out that program for FY2022 through FY2026.

Ocasio-Cortez Amendment

Ensures that information on the Household Well Water Testing Website is presented in a manner that provides meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency.

Ross/Rouzer Amendment

Revises the PFAS Infrastructure Grant Program to allow applicants to certify that the treatment technology that was in use by the community water system on the date of enactment was not sufficient to remove all detectable amounts of PFAS.

San Nicolas Amendment

Creates a minimum set aside for grants to insular territories within the emerging contaminants grants program.

Sarbanes/Fitzpatrick Amendment

Requires EPA to obtain analytical reference standards for PFAS for the development of protocols and methodologies and enforcement activities.

Slotkin Amendment #8

Increases the annual funding for the Assistance for Community Water Systems Affected by PFAS grant program.

Slotkin/Meijer Amendment #9

Adds to the Household Well Water Testing Website information about the health risks associated with exposure to PFAS-contaminated water as well as recommendations for individuals who believe they may have been exposed such PFAS-contaminated water.

Slotkin Amendment #10

Adds to the list of products covered by the PFAS-Free Product Labeling Program.

 

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

"In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute."

-Thurgood Marshall

 
 

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