LEADING THE FIGHT FOR CLEAN DRINKING WATER
Click HERE to watch Todd’s comments to the federal government about the way they’ve handled the drinking water contamination they caused
Following the announcement that the military had contaminated the Horsham Township public water system, Todd was the first public official to demand the federal government fulfill its obligations to our community by providing carbon filters to remove all detectable levels of contaminants from our drinking water, blood tests so we can understand the nature and extent of any exposure to harmful chemicals and a health study to understand what, if any, health risks we face as a result of this exposure.
Since then, Todd requested and has received support for his efforts to hold the federal government accountable from elected officials from both parties including Governor Tom Wolf, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr., U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, Congressman Brendon Boyle, Congressman Pat Meehan, and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick. Additionally, Todd’s House Resolution demanding the federal government address these issues was unanimously adopted by the PA House of Representatives.
When the federal government refused to eliminate all detectable levels of the contaminants, Todd worked with Governor Wolf to secure $10 million in the state budget to install infrastructure to ensure our water is clean. As partners on cleaning up our water, Governor Wolf praised Todd's efforts on the issue, stating "I thank Rep. Stephens for his leadership on this issue."
Todd has also called for the state to bring a lawsuit against the federal Government to force them to fully address the contamination issues it caused in Montgomery County, because the federal government refuses to address these issues satisfactorily, Todd repeatedly called on the PA Department of Environmental Protection to assume a greater role in addressing this issue for all our communities by adopting a “zero-tolerance” policy for the presence of these chemicals in our drinking water. He will continue pushing DEP to adopt our own tough drinking water standards to ensure we have the cleanest, safest drinking water in America.
Again, following years of inaction by the federal government, Todd worked with Governor Wolf to create a funding stream to provide water remediation efforts and eliminate any local surcharges water customers may be paying to remove these contaminants from their drinking water.
“As a life-long resident and the father of two small children who had been drinking our public water, I am deeply concerned about the safety of our water and will continue fighting for the highest standards as it relates to our public drinking water and public health.”