EPA Proposes Required Cleanup for “Forever Chemicals“

9 PFAS would be added to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the designation of nine “forever chemicals” as “hazardous chemicals” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). If enacted, it would allow state governments to require these chemicals to be cleaned up if they are found in local waterways.

The EPA stated, “This change would facilitate additional corrective action to address releases of these specific PFAS at RCRA hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities.“

These per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS, are used in a number of consumer products, including nonstick pans, water bottles, carpeting, and firefighting foam. PFAS are unique because they do not decompose and can pollute environments on a microscopic level. According to studies done by the National Institutes of Health in the last three years, PFAS have been found in the bloodstreams of 45 percent of American citizens and in 97 percent of the nation’s waterways. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Michael Regan to be directed by the Lord as he heads the EPA.
  • For EPA officials as they assess the dangers of PFAS and other substances in the U.S. environment.
  • For state and local officials as they evaluate the levels of toxins in waterways.

Sources: The Hill, Environmental Protection Agency

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