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Tonko, Pallone Praise Biden EPA’s PFAS Roadmap

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON, DC—Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) issued the following joint statement today after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new roadmap for tackling PFAS contamination and exposure: “PFAS contamination has plagued our communities and exposed our families to toxic ch...

Tonko Hosts EPA Administrator Regan on Visit to Capital Region

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, welcomed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan to the Capital Region this week to attend a series of events showcasing key priorities the Congressman has championed on clean water infrastructure, scientific integrity and environmental justice. “De...

Tonko Brings Local Leaders & Experts Together for Lead Water Line Replacement Push

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Rep. Paul Tonko

AMSTERDAM, NY—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, author of the AQUA Act and one of the few engineers serving in Congress, gathered with local leaders and health and environmental experts in New York’s Capital Region this week to explore real-life impacts of lead exposure that is driving coordinated federal and local efforts to remove all lead components from local water systems. Tonko convened the group s...

Tonko Secures Funding to Fix America’s Drinking Water Systems

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko cheered today’s vote in the House to advance Fiscal Year 2022 Budget legislation that includes major funding provisions he has championed to repair America’s broken drinking water systems, address lead and PFAS contamination to eliminate harmful exposure and support communities already impacted by pollution. “We know our water system needs are immense, but too ...

100+ House Members Push to Fund Removal of ALL Lead Lines in U.S. Drinking Water Systems

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON— Representatives Paul Tonko (NY-20), Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Daniel T. Kildee (MI-5), Gwen Moore (D-MI-4) and Henry Cuellar (TX-28) led a group of more than 100 members in the House of Representatives today on a letter calling for Congressional leadership to prioritize funding to remove ALL of America’s estimated 10 million lead drinking water service lines and components currently in us...

Tonko Announces Passage of Bipartisan “PFAS Action Act” in House

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko helped lead House action today ahead of a decisive 241–183 vote to advance H.R. 2467, the PFAS Action Act, bipartisan legislation that tackles per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance (PFAS) contamination. Today’s vote marks the first time the bill has passed as a bipartisan standalone bill this term, handing responsibility to the Senate to move the bill forward onto...

Tonko Heralds House Passage of AQUA Act in Major Infrastructure Plan

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko today cheered the House vote to pass his transformational drinking water legislation—the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability (AQUA) Act—as part of major infrastructure legislation, the INVEST in America Act. Tonko’s legislation would deliver needed federal investments to local communities to address critical water infrastructure needs and replace every one o...

Tonko Shepherds National Drinking Water & PFAS Legislation to House Floor

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, cheered the advance of legislation tonight to repair and upgrade America’s drinking water systems and address dangerous PFAS contamination facing communities throughout the country. The bills now advance to the House floor for votes either as stand-alone legislation or to be inclu...

Tonko Opening Statement on National Drinking Water & PFAS Legislation

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, made his opening statement in the subcommittee today on legislation to support America’s drinking water infrastructure and address PFAS contamination across the country. Full text of that statement is included below. The three bills being addressed in the markup include Rep. Tonko...

Tonko Drinking Water & PFAS Legislation Advances in Committee

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Rep. Paul Tonko

WASHINGTON—Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Chair of the Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change, led a legislative markup in his subcommittee today to advance three major bills addressing water infrastructure and PFAS contamination. The bills include the Assistance, Quality, and Affordability (AQUA) Act, which Tonko wrote and sponsors, and the PFAS Action Act, for which Tonko has...

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