The fight for clean drinking water heads to Capitol Hill.
The House Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee is meeting Wednesday to discuss PFAS contamination. This comes after areas like Hoosick Falls and Newburgh found their water was contaminated with the chemical in recent years.
Congressman Paul Tonko, who is the chair on this committee, is calling on the federal Environmental Protection Agency to set a national level for PFAS, and to do more for impacted cities, towns, and villages.
A Petersburgh mom testified at the hearing and is also urging for action.
"These contaminations and the resulting harm to public health are not their fault, and it is incumbent upon us to make sure they have the resources, information, and legal authorities to remediate contaminations to protective levels and to hold polluters accountable — even when those polluters are a federal entity," said Tonko (D - N.Y.).
"Congress needs to treat this as a crisis, because it is a crisis," said Emily Marpe of Petersburgh. "I couldn't breastfeed. I couldn't do the most basic thing a mother does to a child, because I knew it would elevate Ellie's levels."
Not every lawmaker, though, is on board with making change right away.
"I ... am not a fan of rushing to install broad-based major changes to federal law at a time high levels of anxiety exceed what we know," said Rep. John Shimkus (R - Ill.).
PFAS has been linked to liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, and cancer.