Coalition Letter on H.R. 535, the "PFAS Action Act of 2019"

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 9:00am

Dear Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Walden:

         We, the undersigned associations, write to you in opposition to H.R. 535, the “PFAS Action Act of 2019,” as well as the amendment offered in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 535.

         PFAS are a large and diverse group of chemicals with unique properties that have been used in a broad number of beneficial applications for years. Heightened attention to potential health effects of certain PFAS has led to an increased public concern and interest in new regulatory protections in this area.

         We understand these concerns and are committed to working with legislators, regulators, and all stakeholders to establish risk-based standards that protect human health and the environment. We also support the development of a consistent approach and clear timelines for assessing and regulating specific PFAS across all relevant federal agencies to ensure that government regulations, actions, and communications are coordinated for maximum effectiveness.

         Any federal action should not address PFAS as a class, be based on sound science and the weight of the scientific evidence, and not predetermined outcomes. Further, Congress should not circumvent existing regulatory authorities. EPA, as well as other relevant agencies, should retain their traditional power to study PFAS and determine whether to regulate certain PFAS. 

         We look forward to working with you on this important matter as the legislative process continues.



U.S. Chamber of Commerce                                       Associated General Contractors of America 

AdvaMed                                                                      Council of Industrial Boiler Owners 

Airlines for America                                                     Flexible Packaging Association

Airports Council International – North America        International Liquid Terminals Association

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers                      National Association of Chemical

American Chemistry Council                                      Distributors

American Coatings Association                                 National Association of Manufacturers

American Forest & Paper Association                       SGIA – Specialty Graphics Imaging

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers        Association

American Petroleum Institute                                     Single Ply Roofing Industry



cc: Members of the Committee on Energy and Commerce