Sanders Vows to Get Tougher on National Drinking Water Standards

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By Kayla LaRosa

Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he would create tougher nationwide drinking water standards if elected president.

“Corporate greed is threatening one of the most basic necessities of life: clean water,” said Sanders, in a statement to the Associated Press. “Not only will we support state efforts to enforce stronger clean water laws, we are going to create federal clean water standards that force these companies to clean up their mess.”

The policy announcement comes after New Hampshire’s establishment of some of the country’s toughest standards on PFAS chemicals. The standards were initially blocked by a federal judge after a chemical company sued the state.

Sanders promised to tighten these standards nationwide, adding that he would guarantee clean drinking water as a “human right.”