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Shimkus Surprised EPA Hasn’t Used Power to Get PFAS Data (2)

June 24, 2020, 6:12 PMUpdated: June 24, 2020, 9:52 PM

Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois, who championed the 2016 overhaul of the nation’s primary chemicals law, said he was surprised Wednesday that the EPA has failed to use the authority Congress gave it to obtain information on chemicals it oversees.

Shimkus—the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s environment and climate change panel—noted that the Environmental Protection Agency hasn’t used its newfound power to obtain more information on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

“One surprise is that EPA hasn’t used Section 4 more effectively, especially with respect to PFAS,” he said during a law institute’s forum marking ...

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