CLCV Statement on Senator Padilla's Clean Water for Military Families Act

Press Release
June 11, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 11, 2021

CONTACT: Stefanie Lao, 424-282-0922, [email protected]

Oakland, CA - The California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) released the following statement in response to new legislation from Senator Alex Padilla. Senator Padilla this week introduced the Clean Water for Military Families Act, which would require the Department of Defense to investigate and address chemical contamination at and around military facilities. The bill includes a one-time, $10 billion investment for this process so that military families can drink clean water and live pollution free.

Statement from Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer, CLCV:

“We are proud that our Senator is leading the charge to make sure military families have access to clean drinking water. Our military families sacrifice so much; the least we can do is ensure that the water they drink and the environment they live in is not contaminated with chemicals.

This legislation is also an example of the work we must do to comprehensively address the appalling lack of clean drinking water throughout our country. In California alone, an estimated one million people don’t have access to safe and affordable drinking water. And the challenges we face on water will only continue to grow as the impacts of climate change accelerate.

The good news is that we have a real opportunity to move the needle on drinking water this year. We want to see innovative solutions like the Clean Water for Military Families Act - as well as other measures to address this crisis - as part of the infrastructure package proposed by President Biden.

We thank Senator Padilla for championing this important issue. We will continue to advocate for solutions to our drinking water crisis.”

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