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Cleaning Up Forever Chemicals

Maine Delegation Urges More USDA Aid for PFAS Crisis

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WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) and Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME-01) and Jared Golden (D-ME-02) urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to swiftly and fully utilize all USDA resources and authorities that can assist in responding to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)…

Pingree Votes to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

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A longtime champion of cleaning up PFAS chemicals, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree today cast a vote to pass the PFAS Action Act—comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to protect all Americans and the environment from the harms of forever chemicals (PFAS). The bill will establish a national drinking water standard for select PFAS chemicals, designate two types…

In House-Passed INVEST in America Act, Pingree Secures Additional $19.8 Million in Local Infrastructure Project Funding for Maine

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today voted for the INVEST in America Act, legislation that would infuse $715 billion dollars into essential surface transportation and water infrastructure programs nationwide, laying the groundwork for President Biden’s broader infrastructure goals. The bill, which passed the House 221 to 201, would…

Senator Collins, Representative Pingree Urge EPA to Prioritize PFAS Issues in Maine

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Acting Regional Administrator Deborah Szaro, who has recently been appointed to lead the agency’s new Council on PFAS.  In the letter, they highlighted Maine’s extensive and unfortunate history with PFAS issues and urged the Council to work…

Video Recap: Chair Pingree Asks Administrator Regan How EPA Will Curb PFAS Contamination

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As Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan on his agency’s plans to respond the growing issue of PFAS, or forever chemicals.  PFAS chemicals are man-made chemicals that have so far been found…

Pingree Joins Bipartisan Push to Clean Up Forever Chemicals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined Representative Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Fred Upton (D-Mich.), and 23 other members of Congress in introducing comprehensive, bipartisan legislation that aims to protect all Americans and our environment from harmful forever chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The package would establish a…

Pingree, Congressional PFAS Task Force Outline Priorities for Biden Administration

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined 132 bipartisan members of Congress in sending a letter to the Biden administration outlining actions they should take to address harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. The letter includes actions the administration can take to protect communities from PFAS immediately, including creating a…

Pingree Joins 59 House Members in Urging Full Funding for PFAS Provisions in Final Omnibus Budget

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) joined a bipartisan letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees in support of robust funding in the final FY 2021 spending bill to protect communities from harmful per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals. The letter, signed by 59 Members of Congress, outlines tens of millions of dollars in efforts to urgently…

Pingree-Spanberger Amendment to Label Safe Textiles Passes in House Bill to Regulate Forever Chemicals

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today joined her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in passing H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, which included her amendment on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Safer Choice label. The bill requires EPA to list PFAS chemicals (also known as “forever chemicals”), including PFOA and PFOS, as…

VIDEO: In Floor Speech, Pingree Urges Passage of Bill to Regulate Harmful “Forever Chemicals”

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Today, in a speech on the House floor, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today urged passage of H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act. The bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to list PFAS chemicals (also known as “forever chemicals”), including PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Superfund clean-up program within a year and to develop…

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