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Hudson Introduces Amendment to Address GenX

July 1, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced an amendment this week to prioritize funding for community water systems affected by the PFAS chemical GenX. The amendment was made to drinking water provisions in the INVEST in America Act being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives today. Rep. Hudson's amendment, which would have also ensured GenX was specifically included in the infrastructure budget bill sections dealing with PFAS, was defeated on the House floor last night as part of a package of Republican amendments and not included in the final bill.

"I have fought to address GenX in our community since the chemical began impacting the Cape Fear River region," said Rep. Hudson. "As part of that work, I introduced my amendment to make sure water systems like ours in Fayetteville have the resources needed to effectively combat GenX. I am disappointed this amendment was defeated, but will continue fighting for solutions to protect our community and environment."

Last month, Rep. Hudson led a letter with Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-02) to EPA Administrator Michael Regan urging the EPA to do more to address GenX. On Tuesday, Rep. Hudson joined Spectrum News to discuss the letter, as well as his amendment. You can watch that interview here.

In 2020, Rep. Hudson secured two amendments in an appropriations bill to provide an additional $2 million to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and the susceptibility to COVID-19 and provide funding for the EPA to develop national regulatory standards as part of the PFAS Action Act. Read more about those amendments here.