Fifty-three organizations say the federal Department of Health and Human Services must publish recommendations for health limits on hazardous PFAS chemicals.
A federal agency was expected to recommend stricter limits on certain types of toxic chemicals. Thirteen U.S. representatives have asked EPA for answers about whether that report was suppressed.
The process ‘will begin in earnest,’ EPA’s administrator said. But some are concerned about how long it will take. The nonprofit Clean Water Action said the public and state agencies need information now so they can act to protect public health.
In Pennsylvania, two of the chemicals have been found at levels exceeding EPA guidelines near Warrington in Montgomery County, where the contamination of public and private water supplies has been blamed on the use of firefighting foams at several military bases.
One argument against keeping the tests: Most cars pass., and newer cars have better emission controls. Plus, one lawmaker said, why should neighboring counties have different sets of rules?