For Immediate Release
Chris Saeger, 406-438-1918
Watchdog Calls on President-Elect Biden, Congress to Undo Trump’s Last-Minute Effort to Weaken PFAS Safety Standards
Nonpartisan government watchdog Accountable.US is calling on President-elect Joe Biden and Congress to undo Trump's last-minute move to weaken safety standards for cancer-causing, PFAS chemicals found in drinking water in New Hampshire and across the country.
- Direct EPA to regulate PFAS as a class. In March 2020, EPA issued a preliminary regulation determination to regulate two PFAS chemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) under the Safe Drinking Water Act. The White House began its review of the determination on December 18, 2020. EPA’s decision was limited to just two PFAS substances, PFOA and PFOS. The PFAS class of substances have been linked to a number of health dangers, including reproductive and developmental issues and liver and kidney damage. They’ve also been linked to cancer. As attorneys general pointed out, manufacturers may substitute the use of a regulated PFAS chemical like PFOA or PFOS with an unregulated one, which is why it is important to regulate PFAS chemicals as a class.
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