Environment & Energy Report

New Chemicals Can Substitute for Risky Pollutants, EPA Says

Feb. 14, 2019, 8:49 PM

The EPA has regulated about 200 new chemicals as substitutes for two problematic compounds that communities are trying to remove from drinking water supplies, an agency official said Feb. 14.

Alexandra Dunn, assistant administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, made the comments among the Environmental Protection Agency officials rolling out the agency’s first multi-program national research and risk communication plan to address a group of emerging environmental contaminants called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The new chemicals the EPA approved were designed to substitute for the two most well-studied and prevalent members of the PFAS...

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