Environment & Energy Report

Pruitt Plans to Declare Two Fluorochemicals Hazardous

May 22, 2018, 1:28 PM

Two pervasive toxic fluorochemicals found in drinking water systems around the U.S. will be classified as hazardous substances, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced May 22 at a national summit of states to address the chemicals’ health risks.

The agency will begin to develop maximum contaminant levels for the two fluorochemicals, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), under the Safe Drinking Water Act, Pruitt said. Maximum contaminant levels are enforceable drinking water standards.

Pruitt added that the EPA is committed to taking action to address the risks posed by posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances...

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