EPA Announces Plan to Confront PFAS Pollution

Toxic forever chemicals found throughout New England

EPA Headquarters. Photo: Shutterstock

October 18, 2021 (BOSTON, MA) – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a plan to confront PFAS contamination nationwide. Known as forever chemicals because they never fully break down, PFAS pose severe health risks to humans and are found in countless products as well as in waters throughout the country. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response to today’s news.

“The EPA’s new plan is a key, first step in the battle to protect communities from these dangerous chemicals,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “But PFAS-type compounds of varying names are still being created, used, and released into the environment. The government must go further to stop this assembly line of ‘forever chemicals’ and hold the manufacturers accountable for the widespread contamination of the nation’s air, land, and water.”

The plan announced today commits to increased investments into PFAS research, greater restrictions on the chemicals being released into the environment, and an acceleration of cleanup efforts.

CLF experts are available for further comment.