Pennsylvanians have a constitutional right to clean air and water and for the Commonwealth’s natural resources to be protected. Unfortunately, current laws make it very difficult for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) to hold polluters accountable.
But there is hope. Legislation has been introduced that would give the OAG concurrent jurisdiction in environmental crimes under Pennsylvania’s Solid Waste Management Act, Clean Streams Law, and Safe Drinking Water Act.
If passed, this legislation would give the OAG the power to take action against the polluters who created the PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination crisis that is directly impacting drinking water wells and communities across the Commonwealth.
It’s time to untie the hands of state prosecutors so they can hold polluters accountable.
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