|Rep. Todd Stephens stands with his family as he prepares to take the oath of office for the 2019-20 House session.
HARRISBURG-- Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) was sworn in today to his fifth term in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
“I have had the honor and privilege of serving the people of the 151st District, and to fight for their health and wellbeing,” Stephens said. “I look forward to continuing that service over the next two years.”
That includes fighting to hold the federal government accountable for cleaning local drinking water from the contaminants known as PFAS, which leached into local water system from the Willow Grove Naval Air Station.
“While the federal government is responsible for the contamination, local ratepayers and taxpayers have been bearing the costs to remove these harmful contaminants from our public drinking water,” Stephens said. “I also want the federal government to provide medical testing for residents who used the drinking water and to follow up with biomedical studies and care.”
These environmental and drinking water issues have also delayed the redevelopment of the former military installation preventing the land from returning to productive use, which has cost the Commonwealth tax revenue and job opportunities.
In the last term, Stephens introduced House Bill 2638 to redirect state tax revenue resulting from the development of the former military installation and nearby parcels to the newly created Military Installation Remediation Authority (MIRA).
The MIRA will use these funds to eliminate the local surcharge ratepayers are paying to remove contaminants from their water in Horsham and will fund projects to eliminate the contaminants from drinking water in neighboring municipalities. Any remaining funds will be invested in infrastructure related to environmental remediation or economic development at the former military installation.
Follow Stephens throughout the term on his website at RepToddStephens.com
and on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepToddStephens
. His district office is located at 515 Stump Road in North Wales and may be reached by calling 215-368-5165.
Representative Todd Stephens
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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