Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Deborah Ross (NC-02) voted to pass the PFAS Action Act, which will require comprehensive regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by establishing standards to protect drinking water from contamination and authorizing grants to drinking water utilities treating PFAS contamination. Included in the House-passed legislation is Congresswoman Ross’ amendment that would clarify the requirements of the grant program to ensure that communities that are already investing money to address PFAS contamination, including local governments in North Carolina, can still benefit from the program.

PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” are dangerous, man-made chemicals that do not break down easily and have contaminated the nation’s water, soil, and air for decades. In North Carolina, chemical companies have polluted the Cape Fear River with PFAS for years, resulting in serious health consequences for local residents. Some of the most affected communities in North Carolina are already taking action to address PFAS contamination. Congresswoman Ross’ amendment would allow these communities in North Carolina and across the country to apply for the grant program even if they have already installed technology to eliminate or reduce PFAS by the time the program is fully operational, potentially opening the door for millions of dollars in funding for North Carolina utilities that are already taking steps to protect their communities. Rep. Ross spoke in support of the legislation and her amendment on the House Floor.

“My home state of North Carolina knows the dangers and consequences of PFAS too well,” said Congresswoman Ross. “Today, the House took a crucial step in regulating these harmful chemicals and protecting our people and environment from the detrimental effects of prolonged PFAS exposure. I’m thrilled my amendment was included so that communities in North Carolina and those across the country can continue their essential work eliminating PFAS. I’ll continue working with my colleagues in both parties to eliminate PFAS in our environment and protect the health and safety of our people.”

The amendment was cosponsored by Congressman David Rouzer (NC-07).