EPA Proposes New Rules for Toxic PFAS Chemicals

Would regulate harmful substances in drinking water

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March 14, 2023 (BOSTON, MA) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed new rules that would regulate six toxic PFAS chemicals in drinking water. PFAS have been linked to a variety of severe health problems, and the harmful chemicals have been found in drinking water throughout New England. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.

“EPA has finally set drinking water standards for two of the dozens of toxic PFAS compounds being found in drinking water across the country and adopted a risk-based algorithm for others,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Applause should be muted. The federal government dithered on this issue for decades, as a generation of children drank unsafe water, and EPA did so even as many states acted more urgently to adopt more protective standards.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.