Democrats Call on EPA to Provide Data on PFAS Chemicals
EPA has approved nearly 900 perfluorinated compounds since 2006
Washington, DC, December 7, 2018
Representatives Paul D. Tonko, the top Democrat on the Energy & Commerce Environment Subcommittee, Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler today calling for greater transparency regarding any data, testing and consent agreements tied to commercial approval or environmental release of perfluorinated compounds (PFAS). Since the enactment of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, EPA has been required to collect additional data before approving new chemicals under its chemical safety program.
“We are writing to you on behalf of communities we represent that are concerned about the presence of perfluorinated compounds in their drinking water,” the letter reads. “EPA has allowed many perfluorinated chemicals onto the market since the launch of the PFOA Stewardship Initiative… [including] nearly 900 perfluorinated compounds.”
The letter calls on EPA to release findings on the following questions no later than December 21, 2018: