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The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.
Updated: February 14, 2019 | 4:02 pm

EPA says it will start process to regulate PFOA and PFOS this year

Critics say long-awaited Action Plan on PFAS represents the latest delay in protecting public health
By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.

Wolf sets up government panel to study PFAS chemicals

Contamination has been found at sites including Montgomery, Bucks and Franklin counties. Pennsylvania doesn’t have health limits on the chemicals, and a Wolf administration spokesman said the governor wants the state to establish such limits.

By Jon Hurdle

The Schuylkill river at dusk in Philadelphia. The river is a popular fishing spot. In 2018, the New Jersey DEP began testing fish for the family of chemicals known as PFAS and issued fish advisories. New Jersey has stricter limits on PFAS exposure than Pennsylvania.

As public concern on PFAS rises, EPA urged to set enforceable health standard

At Congressional hearing, advocates say federal government needs to address contamination concerns
By Jon Hurdle

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.

EPA urged to set national standards to protect public health from PFAS chemicals

The agency held a public event north of Philadelphia in a community where elevated levels of the toxic chemical have been found. Several people said the federal government needs to take more action than it has so far.

By Jon Hurdle

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, under scrutiny for lavish spending and alleged ethics violations, resigned on Thursday, July 5.
Updated: July 5, 2018 | 7:57 pm

Scott Pruitt’s resignation welcomed by lawmakers from both parties

Environmentalists called Pruitt a ‘disgrace’ who favored industry while enriching himself as the EPA’s administrator. A union leader representing EPA workers in Philadelphia said he hopes the change brings ‘normalcy’ and helps restore America’s confidence in the agency.

By Jon Hurdle and Susan Phillips

The Horsham Air Guard Station in Bucks County, Pa. where the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam has been linked with contamination of local water supplies.
Updated: June 26, 2018 | 9:43 am

Republican congressman: Pruitt should quit after trying to block PFAS study

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “could have been a much more willing partner in helping us get” a federal report on a family of toxic chemicals that cause health problems and might be found in local water sources.

By Jon Hurdle

The former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and present day Horsham Air Guard Station is shown Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Horsham, Pa.
Updated: June 21, 2018 | 2:40 pm

Toxic chemical study EPA is accused of blocking just came out. It calls for stricter drinking-water limits

The chemicals have been linked to hypertension, liver damage, elevated cholesterol, increased risk of thyroid disease, decreased fertility and some types of cancer. One environmental group wants the state to “re-evaluate whether there are more people at risk than they previously understood.”

By Jon Hurdle

The former Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and present day Horsham Air Guard Station is shown Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Horsham, Pa.

Public-interest groups raise pressure on feds to release toxic chemical study

Fifty-three organizations say the federal Department of Health and Human Services must publish recommendations for health limits on hazardous PFAS chemicals.

By Jon Hurdle

StateImpact

Feds charge 5 with scheme to get around Clean Air Act

They allegedly tampered with diesel trucks
By Scott Blanchard

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, under scrutiny for lavish spending and alleged ethics violations, resigned on Thursday, July 5.

Rep. Fitzpatrick: ‘Unacceptable’ for Pruitt to say he can’t release chemical study

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.

By Jon Hurdle
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