Representative Madeleine Dean

Representing the 4th District of Pennsylvania

Environment

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

Pennsylvania Constitution, Article 1, Section 27

 

Rep. Dean believes that the protection of our planet and environmental stewardship are some of government’s core responsibilities. She values our natural spaces and supports efforts to preserve vulnerable species. She also recognizes that environmental considerations are deeply entwined in other areas of policy – including public health, the economy, and our national defense.

Climate Change

In Congress, Rep. Dean supports legislation to boost America’s investments in renewable energy, fund green infrastructure, and reengage in global agreements to combat climate change. She is also a leading voice in the fight for a stronger, better-funded Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Rep. Dean is proud to cosponsor H.R. 9 – the Climate Action Now Act – which passed the House in May, 2019. This legislation would keep the United States in the Paris Agreement and require the President to develop a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28%.

Clean Water

Finally, Rep. Dean seeks to ensure that everyone has clean water – a fundamental human right. More specifically, she is working to combat the spread of per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which affect the drinking water supplies of millions of Americans.

Rep. Dean is a proud founding member of the PFAS Task Force – a bipartisan group working to combat water contamination through legislative solutions. In this vein, Rep. Dean led a bipartisan letter of more than a dozen Members of Congress to fully fund a nationwide study on the impact of PFAS contamination in Fiscal Year 2020 – and get our communities the answers they need to make informed decisions about their health and water quality.

More on Environment

December 6, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) expressed frustration at news that Senate Republicans are blocking the inclusion of PFAS provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Earlier this year, the House passed the NDAA,” said Rep. Dean. “Thanks to the work of dozens of legislators committed to tackling our PFAS water contamination challenge, the NDAA included measures to phase out PFAS, clean up these chemicals, and establish a clear, nationwide drinking water standard.”

October 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) will review its use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), chemicals long used by the military in firefighting foam and other applications. PFAS is linked to a range of serious health effects, including immunological disorders, infertility, and certain cancers. Because they do not break down easily, PFAS compounds are known as “forever chemicals.”

 

October 8, 2019 Event

WHAT: Reps. Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01), and Brendan Boyle (PA-02) will host a PFAS event at Temple University’s Ambler campus. The event will celebrate the recent news that the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has selected Montgomery County, Pennsylvania as one of seven sites for a nationwide study on PFAS and public health – bringing $1 million in research funding to the 4th District.

September 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) announced that the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has selected recipients for its multi-site PFAS health study – including Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

September 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04), Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), and Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) introduced the Protect Our Military Children Act, H.R. 4295, a bill that will require the Department of Defense (DoD) to carry out testing of children living at military facilities to track levels of perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

 

July 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by a vote of 220-197. The legislation included two amendments sponsored by Rep. Madeleine Dean that address water contamination caused by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

 

July 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, issued the following joint statement after the Trump Administration issued a veto threat for the House’s National Defense Authorization Act of 2020 (NDAA), citing a provision that phases out dangerous firefighting foam that contains per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Congressman Kildee and Congresswoman Dean have introduced an amendment to the NDAA that would phase out PFAS in firefighting foam by 2025:

 

June 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted to approve Rep. Madeleine Dean’s request to fund the first nationwide health study on the consequences of PFAS water contamination. Rep. Dean’s provision – which was included in a larger appropriations package – passed by a total of 225-203.

May 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington D.C. – Yesterday, Reps. Madeleine Dean (PA-04) and Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) introduced H.Res. 385, a Congressional resolution celebrating Bike to Work Day (May 17, 2019).

 

As a member of the Pennsylvania State Assembly, Rep. Dean introduced this resolution every year, and is now taking her work to Congress. Rep. Blumenauer, a longtime cycling advocate, is the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus, of which Rep. Dean is an active member.