PFAS have been used in a wide variety of ways, from manufacturing to firefighting.
In May 2019, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute released their latest update of an interactive map that shares data on known PFAS-contaminated sites.
Studies have linked the chemicals to liver, kidney, thyroid and immunological difficulties, cancer, increased cholesterol levels and low infant birth weights, among other problems. Every time EPA testifies, I have raised this and every time they say "we're going to get" and 'we're going to issue something.' And they haven't done it.
"This bill would supersede existing statutory requirements that require EPA, when regulating chemicals in the environment, to evaluate and weigh the available scientific and technical information about the occurrence of exposures, the health effects of exposures, the treatment options available, the opportunities for meaningful improvement in public health protection, and the significant potential effects on public safety", the statement read.
Identify health risks by requiring comprehensive health testing for all PFAS, reporting of PFAS releases, and monitoring for PFAS in drinking water.
"This legislation is a major action aimed at safeguarding public health and protecting Americans' access to clean and safe drinking water". Communities across the US have also been impacted, according to the Environmental Working Group.
A corresponding measure in the U.S. Senate has 52 cosponsors including Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown, but its prospects for becoming law appear murky, as the White House says President Donald Trump would likely veto the bill if it comes before him. "And the government doesn't like to do that".
Maine's two Democratic Representatives to Congress say they want federal agencies to better regulate a group of forever chemicals known as PFAS. State-level legislation, combined with consumer pressure, has been effective in controlling harmful substances in the past.
An agency within the CDC that evaluates human health risks released a report previous year that found PFOS and PFOA chemicals caused health effects in rodents at even lower levels than the EPA's recommended health limit - this included an increased risk of some cancers, interfering with hormones and the immune system, and growth and developmental impacts on children and infants. But many state legislatures have. "I am proud to have passed this bipartisan amendment on their behalf, which calls on the EPA to set proactive limits for PFAS discharge, holds polluters accountable, and provides impacted communities with resources to address contamination. The states are doing all the work".