O’Halleran Addresses Tucson PFAS Issue in Committee Markup

June 16, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, in a House Energy and Committee Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change markup, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) spoke in support of the PFAS Action Act, a bipartisan bill that would require EPA to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and help fund clean-up efforts.

Today’s hearing follows a recent announcement from Tucson Water that it is preparing for a shutdown of the Tucson Airport Remediation Project water treatment facility (TARP) on June 21, 2021, because of the increasing levels of PFAS in groundwater wells serving the plant.

“Communities like Tucson have been fighting for years to clean up PFAS and other harmful chemicals; they need our support,” said O’Halleran during the markup. “Our bill provides some financial support for cities like Tucson, which has been locally funding PFAS cleanup projects for years.”

View O’Halleran’s remarks during today’s markup HERE.

Recently, O’Halleran joined Sens. Krysten Sinema and Mark Kelly and Reps. Raul Grijalva and Ann Kirkpatrick in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III urging the DOD to prioritize attention on the worsening PFAS contamination issues in the City of Tucson and accelerate any remaining remedial investigations, expedite clean-up actions and prioritize the unique water source challenges the community faces. Read the full letter HERE.

The PFAS Action Act passed out of the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change with bipartisan support.