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Thank you, Sens. Shaheen, Hassan

For being such an advanced country, we have a lot of progress to make when it comes to water quality. There are counties and towns across the country that have toxic drinking water, and New Hampshire is a state that knows that all too well. Both U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan have displayed great leadership when it comes to tackling this important issue, and it is essential that we thank them for their good work.

Both senators have been integral in the framing of the PFAS Accountability Act as well as the Safe Drinking Water Assistance Act, which both aim to take toxic chemicals out of our drinking water. By allowing fewer parts per million of chemicals such as PFAS and PFOA, the results will be significant. These chemicals have been attributed to higher rates of disease, and New Hampshire has the highest cancer rates in the country when it comes to several types.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is advocating for stronger standards for the levels of chemicals such as PFOA and PFAS. The EPA has been less than competent about enforcing laws that keep our water supplies safe. Sens. Shaheen and Hassan have been on the front lines of this issue, and that should be acknowledged. It is just as important to thank good work as it is to criticize inaction and opposition when it comes to good climate policy. So, thank you Sen. Shaheen and Sen. Hassan. Keep up the good work!