Congress Holds Hearings on PFAS ‘Forever Chemicals’

Congressional committee continues to investigate the risks of  per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) forever chemicals. An initial hearing in March focused on human health, a second hearing in July considered communities and the third hearing in September addressed corporate accountability.

PFAS are chemicals designed to be resistant to degradation, and are used as fire retardants and for stain protection, non-slip surfaces and food protection purposes under the brand names of Teflon and Scotchguard. They are termed ‘forever chemicals’ and are now present in natural water, drinking water and in the blood of more than 99% of Americans.

The risks and impact of these chemicals was not well understood when the Clean Water Act of 1972 was written and now is the time for a better understanding of the impact and risks and the potential control and remediation options. The Trump administration is resisting these efforts.

The Boulder Creek watershed has two sites with measurable PFAS contamination.

House Committee on Oversight and Reform – PFAS Contamination and the Need for Corporate Accountability September 11, 2019