Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) held a press conference today with local elected officials and advocates to discuss recent progress on improving New Jersey's water infrastructure and access to safe drinking water. As Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone spearheaded passage of key provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure law for drinking water infrastructure, including $15 billion for the replacement of lead water lines and $10 billion to address per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. Last month, Pallone and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that New Jersey would receive $168,949,000 from the law to clean up drinking water contamination and improve the state's water infrastructure.
Pallone also ensured that the Build Back Better Act, which the House passed last month, included $10 billion in additional funding to remove lead contamination in drinking water and $225 million to provide assistance for low-income families.
"Help is on the way for the millions of American families who cannot trust the water coming out of their taps. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is already delivering significant funding to remove toxic lead service lines and address PFAS contamination," said Pallone. "New Jersey has some of the highest levels of PFAS contamination in the country. The state is working to address this public health threat by adopting protective state drinking water standards and pursuing natural resource damage cases. I'm working at the federal level as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee to address these toxic chemicals and ensure that everyone has access to safe drinking water. It's now critical that we pass the Build Back Better Act to build on this program and provide the funding communities need to remove dangerous lead pipes."