Leading The Fight For Clean Drinking Water
Following the announcement that the military had contaminated the Horsham Township public water system with dangerous PFAS chemicals, 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 sponsored a 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.
Military Installation Remediation Program (HB1410)
To find a permanent solution to our water contamination issue in our community, Todd designed a new program that provides funding for clean drinking water and infrastructure to remediate PFAS in Pennsylvania. HB 1410, the Military Installation Remediation Program (MIRP), which was signed into law on November 27, 2019, will redirect a portion of future state tax revenue generated on or around the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station to a newly created municipal authority, MIRIA, who will utilize these new program funds to eliminate the water surcharge incurred by Horsham Township residents while also funding new remediation projects including in Upper Dublin Township.
This legislation is a game changer and this new program is designed to generate at least $10 million annually to shield our community from having to foot the bill to clean up the federal government’s mess. The MIRP was supported by several leading environmental groups including Clean Water Action, Penn Environment and PennFuture.
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.”