Unsung Heroes of the Safe Drinking Water Act: Paul G. Rogers

June 18, 2024

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We’re excited to announce our Safe Drinking Water Act 50 series: the Unsung Heroes of the Safe Drinking Water Act! First up is Representative Paul G. Rogers. He worked as a Democratic representative for 24 years in West Palm Beach, Florida, and was the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment.

Representative Rogers was nicknamed “Mr. Health” for his work on health-related legislation. Not only did he play a vital role in ensuring the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act, but he was also the main sponsor of the Clean Air Act of 1970 and mobilized federal research into a “war on cancer.”

Rogers’ spirit and ethos are a great model for how we should be looking forward to the next 50 years of clean drinking water. We are grateful for his many contributions to public health!


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