Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, the EPA released weakened draft interim recommendations for addressing groundwater contamination from per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The guidance eliminated actions to address immediate threats from hazardous waste sites polluted with these so-called “forever chemicals” that persist in the environment over long periods of time and are associated with heightened cancer risks.
In response, Food & Water Watch released the following statement from Executive Director Wenonah Hauter:
“In February, EPA announced what it called an ‘action plan’ on PFAS contamination designed to delay any real action. Now, it has taken another step backwards, weakening a proposed standard to address groundwater contamination from the toxic chemicals.
“It’s darkly ironic that on the five-year anniversary of the Flint water crisis, instead of taking action to improve our drinking water, Trump’s EPA doubled down on its commitment to gut water protections. Despite the agency’s ongoing spin to the contrary, it seems hell-bent on giving industrial and military polluters a pass despite the clear and present danger these chemicals represent for our health.
“EPA’s actions against clean drinking water must be met with commensurate action from our lawmakers to safeguard it. Legislation to upgrade our aging infrastructure, the WATER Act, would provide crucial resources to protect clean, affordable water for all – including funding for treatment systems or alternative water supplies to communities affected by PFAS. We urgently need action to protect clean water, not more deregulation.”
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