Rep. Kind joins more than 60 colleagues urging U.S. agencies to stop buying PFAS-made products

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — U.S. Rep. Ron Kind announced Tuesday that he is urging U.S. agencies to stop buying PFAS-made products, according to a news release from his office.

Kind and more than 60 members of Congress wrote a letter to Chair Brenda Mallory of the Council on Environmental Quality addressing the dangerous man-made chemicals.

PFAS are linked to several diseases, including cancer, as well as infertility.

“Our understanding is that the Council on Environmental Quality is finalizing an Executive Order to guide sustainable procurement by the federal government,” Kind and his colleagues wrote in the letter. “As you finalize the order, we urge you to ensure this order includes a specific purchasing directive to avoid products made with harmful PFAS chemicals. We also urge CEQ to ensure that the order includes a requirement that other agencies follow the EPA’s guidelines when making purchases, as well as a requirement to report back to the White House on these efforts.”

Town of Campbell Supervisor Lee Donahue issued a statement lauding the move, noting that five European nations have taken steps to ban PFAS within the next three years.

“The Town of Campbell appreciates the collaborative effort between our municipality, county, state and federal partners to protect our environment,” Donahue wrote. “Every human being deserves safe drinking water. This move by members of Congress propels us toward our goal to provide a PFAS free environment.”

More than 200 million Americans could be drinking water contaminated with PFAS.

PFAS were used in the firefighting foam sprayed at the La Crosse Regional Airport for decades.

The chemicals spread throughout the groundwater and into the drinking water wells of homes across French Island.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources this year tested for and found 540 private wells tested positive for PFAS.

The city of La Crosse has taken responsibility for some of the contamination.

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