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  • Tonko Warns Trump EPA over Reported Inaction on PFAS
    Posted in Press Releases on January 29, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Environment, Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON – Congressman Paul D. Tonko slammed the Trump Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today following news that the agency will decline to set national standards for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), two perfluorinated compounds (PFAS) that have been linked to myriad health disorders including cancer. “If these reports are accurate, the Trump EPA is planning to leave millions of Americans exposed to unnecessary risk of serious and lasting health consequ... Read more

  • Tonko Drinking Water Legislation Passes House, Likely to Become Law
    Posted in Press Releases on September 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed S. 3021, America’s Drinking Water Infrastructure Act, by a unanimous voice vote. Title II of S. 3021 includes nearly all H.R. 3387, the Drinking Water System Improvement Act of 2017, which Tonko shepherded through the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously in July 2017. S. 3021 now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to be quickly taken up, passed and sent to the President for his signature, marking a major legislative accomp... Read more

  • Tonko Releases GAO Report Showing Lead in U.S. School Drinking Water
    Posted in Press Releases on July 17, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Drinking Water

    WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Energy and Commerce Environment Subcommittee Ranking Member Congressman Paul D. Tonko released a disturbing new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showing just 43 percent of school districts nationwide tested for lead in their schools’ drinking water in 2016 and 2017, and of those that tested more than one-third (37 percent) found elevated lead levels. 41 percent of U.S. school districts did not test for lead at all, and 16 percent of school dist... Read more

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