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.
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.
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.
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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.”
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.