NAWC Responds to the Prevent Future American Sickness Act of 2020

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NAWC Responds to the Prevent Future American Sickness Act of 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 31, 2020) – National Association of Water Companies President and CEO Robert F. Powelson issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the Prevent Future American Sickness (PFAS) Act of 2020 by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.):

“Senators Sanders, Merkley and Markey are doing important work to hold polluters accountable and prevent future PFAS contamination of our nation’s drinking water. But I am concerned that the bill  exposes the drinking water service providers who are on the front lines of protecting consumers from pollution of all kinds to liability. It should be the polluters who created this mess — not the entities working to clean it up — that are held accountable by this legislation.

“Additionally, the millions of Americans who rely on America’s water companies for their wastewater services are excluded from the bill’s benefits. We look forward to working with these Senators to ensure that their legislation has the broadest possible impact, so that all Americans have access to safe drinking water and assistance is provided on the basis of need rather than system ownership.”

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The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) represents regulated water and wastewater companies, as well as ones engaging in partnerships with municipal utilities. NAWC members provide 73 million Americans with safe and reliable water service every day and have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. NAWC estimates that its six largest members alone are collectively investing $3 billion each year in their water and wastewater systems. For more information about NAWC, please visit NAWC.org or follow on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.