Aug. 10, 2020

Urges Remaining Eligible Horsham Businesses to File ASAP
HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) today announced that 39 of 112 eligible businesses and organizations have filed to have the Department of Revenue divert their state taxes to the Military Installation Remediation and Infrastructure Authority (MIRIA) to fund water remediation projects.

“These businesses deserve our thanks for taking the time to gather the appropriate tax information and submit it to the Department of Revenue to help fund our PFAS cleanup efforts,” Stephens said. “For those eligible businesses who have not yet filed, I hope they’ll file as soon as possible to we don’t risk losing out on that revenue.”

Eligible businesses must file by Sept. 1 so the state funds can remain local to eliminate the water surcharges added to remove PFAS from drinking water, to connect private well owners to PFAS free public water, and fund new filters in areas who don’t yet have them.

At the Aug. 7 MIRIA meeting chaired by Stephens, MIRIA received a report about the businesses that have filed with the Department of Revenue to have their state taxes diverted to the MIRIA to fund water remediation projects. Eligible business are all in Horsham, near the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station, and have been notified by mail and follow up phone calls and emails from a compliance consultant hired by the MIRIA.

“This doesn’t cost businesses anything but means millions of dollars for the cleanup efforts and refunding water surcharges. It takes a little bit of time but we are prepared to help to make it as easy as possible. I urge businesses to file ASAP to divert their taxes to pay for the cost of the PFAS cleanup,” Stephens said.

Businesses in Horsham who received the notification they are eligible to have their state taxes diverted can call Larry Burns at the MIRIA at 215-643-3131 for assistance.

The MIRIA was created by Act 101 of 2019, legislation written by Stephens to address the PFAS drinking water contamination left behind by the federal government at the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station.

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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