Sep. 08, 2021

HARRISBURG—Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) today announced that the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) board of directors has approved Pennsylvania’s first funding award pursuant to Act 101 of 2019, Stephens’ legislation to fund efforts to remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a toxic contaminant found in water sources and systems throughout the Commonwealth.

Aqua Pennsylvania received the $5.2 million principal forgiveness award to construct a pre-treatment filtration plant for the area serviced by the North Hills well station including parts of Upper Dublin Township in Montgomery County. This project will proactively reduce the level of PFAS to zero parts per billion (ppb) for PFAS, which is a suspected carcinogen.

“This will alleviate the burden from Aqua ratepayers to remove the chemical from drinking water, while protecting public health by ensuring that our drinking water is free from dangerous PFAS,” Stephens said. “This is something I’ve fought hard for. Ratepayers should not have to bear the financial burden for removing these chemicals from their water.”

Stephens crafted the law that created both the Military Installation Remediation and Infrastructure Authority for mitigating the cost of cleaning PFAS caused by the military, and PENNVEST, for cleaning PFAS from other sources.

PFAS is a chemical used to extinguish fires and found in many household items.

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster