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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.

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. The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said.
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. The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said.

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

In this file photo from January, Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, testifies at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The nomination of Pruitt, currently Oklahoma’s attorney general, to lead the EPA is being fiercely opposed by environmental groups that point to fundraising ties with corporations he has sued to protect.

Pruitt: EPA will weigh regulation of two toxic chemicals. Advocates are skeptical

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.

By Jon Hurdle

File photo: The Environmental Protection Agency.

13 U.S. lawmakers call on EPA to release toxic chemical study 

Answers sought about whether report was withheld from public
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. The military is checking whether chemicals from firefighting foam might have contaminated groundwater at hundreds of sites nationwide and potentially tainted drinking water, the Defense Department said.

White House feared PR ‘nightmare’ over agency’s stricter chemical limits, emails show

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.

By Jon Hurdle
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