WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today issued the following statement after upon House passage of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, to protect families from PFAS “forever chemicals” and designate them as hazardous substances.

“I am proud to support legislation passed in the House today to address dangerous PFAS chemicals that threaten public health and the environment. Communities throughout the state of Washington and across the country are facing the consequences and challenges posed by PFAS from the air we breathe to the water we drink. The bill passed today would ensure regulation of PFAS chemicals, spur much needed cleanup of contamination, and provide critical resources for communities.

“In the National Defense Authorization Act passed last year, I was successful in working with my Democratic colleagues to include the most significant legislative action on PFAS ever signed into law. House Democrats are now fulfilling our promise to build on that success and fight for full, robust protections against these dangerous forever chemicals. While federal agencies have been slow to act, we will continue to work to hold polluters accountable and protect vulnerable populations.”