Mon. Oct 18th, 2021

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing on per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS), or “forever chemicals,” questioning witnesses on the chemicals’ dangers and sparking debate over the proper role of the federal government in managing the country’s waters. The hearing comes amid heavy media coverage of PFAS regulation, including an Oct. 3 segment on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight,” and shortly after California banned PFASs from many consumer goods. “This is our first hearing in about ten years on emerging and persistent threats to our water and how these threats affect human health and the health of our communities and our environment,” said Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), chair of the subcommittee, in her opening statement. She went on to claim that the Trump administration had “needlessly weakened” provisions of the Clean Water Act while also politicizing the Environmental Protection Agency …

Author: Nathan Worcester

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