'An insult to my community': Rep. Ryan fights to defeat bill that would increase forever chemicals in water
Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. could vote today on a bill Hudson Valley leaders say would hurt the environment in New York.
Rep. Pat Ryan (D-18) says the bill would allow more PFAS, known as forever chemicals, in the Hudson Valley.
The chemicals are found in water supplies and don't break down in the environment.
They have been linked to health problems including immune system suppression, lower birth rates and higher cancer rates.
"To introduce a bill that allows more PFAS and other contaminants into our water without any consideration of safety, is an insult to my community – and to the American people," says Ryan.
Ryan says asthma rates in his district out-pace national numbers due to PFAS in the water.