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New PFAS Reviews Seek to Reverse Decades of Neglect, EPA Says

April 11, 2022, 5:13 PM

PFAS manufacturers will have to notify the EPA of certain new ways they use about 150 of those chemicals in addition to generating new tests of others to help the agency understand their risks, the agency’s top chemicals official said Monday.

Michal Ilana Freedhoff, assistant EPA administrator for chemical safety and pollution prevention, described actions her office is taking to control and better understand per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. That huge group of chemicals raises concerns due to the persistence and possible harmful health effects of some compounds.

The PFAS control efforts are needed because “for decades, both new ...