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A few of the action items from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's roadmap to regulate PFAS chemical pollution that are failing or have missed deadlines.
(Earthjustice)
feature March 20, 2023

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

EPA’s proposed levels are lower than New York’s existing and proposed PFAS standards. New York’s Department of Health (DOH) currently has MCLs for PFOA and PFOS at ten parts per trillion for each chemical. In September 2022, the DOH proposed to regulate 23 additional PFAS with MCLs and notification levels higher than EPA’s proposal.
Press Release March 14, 2023

EPA Proposes First Drinking Water Standards for Toxic PFAS

New York Governor Hochul and Department of Health Urged to Follow EPA’s Lead and Lower State MCLs for safer drinking water

Press Release March 14, 2023

EPA Propone Primeros Estándares De Agua Potable Para Sustancias Químicas Tóxicas PFAS

La propuesta de la EPA regularía seis productos químicos ampliamente utilizados dentro de la clase de miles de PFAS

Press Release March 14, 2023

EPA Proposes First Drinking Water Standards for Toxic PFAS

EPA’s proposal would regulate six widely used chemicals within the class of thousands of PFAS

Document February 6, 2023

Testimony of Raul Garcia: Energy and Commerce Hearing

Testimony of Raul Garcia, Legislative Director for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice, before the United States House of Representatives Joint Energy, Climate, and Grid Security Subcommittee and Environment, Manufacturing, and Critical Materials Subcommittee Legislative Hearing: “Unleashing American Energy, Lowering Energy Costs, and Strengthening Supply Chains.”

Press Release January 24, 2023

Columbia, Earthjustice Study Finds Most U.S. Children Use Toxic Makeup Products During Play

Children can be exposed to lead, asbestos, and other toxic chemicals through makeup and body products

Press Release January 24, 2023

Niños en E.E.U.U. Usan y Juegan con Productos de Maquillaje Potencialmente Tóxicos, Revela Estudio de la Universidad de Columbia y Earthjustice

Menores de 12 años o más jóvenes pueden estar expuestos al plomo, el asbesto y otras sustancias químicas tóxicas a través del maquillaje y productos para uso personal

Monaeka Flores, photographed on Inapsan Beach on Guam, where her family had ranched the land for generations. (Nathan Topasna for Earthjustice)
Article January 11, 2023

Indigenous Islanders in Guam Take on the Military

Activist Monaeka Flores talks about fighting to stop the Air Force from blowing up leftover munitions on Guam’s beaches.

Press Release January 10, 2023

Earthjustice Statement: 2023 New York State of the State

Governor Hochul renews pledge for all-electric new construction, transition into zero-emissions future, highlighted investment in water infrastructure, and protections for impacted communities

Press Release December 20, 2022

Major PFAS Producer to Stop Making the Toxin by 2025

PFAS is a toxic chemical that has contaminated our food, water, air, and soil

Press Release December 19, 2022

NDAA Legislation Includes Important Environmental Investments

This year’s NDAA contains important investments in clean water access, reducing PFAS contamination, and critical protections for ocean species.

Press Release December 6, 2022

EPA Tells States to Screen for PFAS Before Discharges Enter Waterways

Every day millions are exposed to drinking water contaminated with PFAS

In the News: Bangor Daily News November 7, 2022

Maine gives companies more time to disclose PFAS use after requests from lobbying groups

Katherine O’Brien, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, Earthjustice: “The key concern with the department granting blanket extensions to many or all members of a trade association is whether it is making the required finding that each and every one of those companies qualifies for an extension.”

Press Release October 13, 2022

Half of “Forever Chemicals” in Commerce Approved through EPA Loopholes

Community and advocacy groups petition agency to take 600 PFAS off the market immediately

Document October 12, 2022

Petition to remove half of “forever chemicals” in commerce

Earthjustice, on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations and community advocates, filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), urging the agency to revoke the approval and order manufacturers to take off the market 600 PFAS — about half of the PFAS in commerce. EPA approved these toxic “forever chemicals” and allowed them to be sold through illegal use of exemptions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Press Release August 26, 2022

PFOA and PFOS To be Considered Hazardous Under Superfund Law

EPA proposal will catalyze clean-up for many PFAS-contaminated sites, but more aggressive action is needed

Press Release July 19, 2022

PFAS Added to Toxics Release Inventory Only Account for a Fraction in Use

EPA is adding four new PFAS to the public database, bringing the total to 180

In the News: ABC News July 18, 2022

'Forever Chemicals' contaminate drinking water, including East AL city water supply

Rashmi Joglekar, Scientist, Toxic Exposure and Health Program, Earthjustice: “The best solution is to stop the flow of these chemicals into the environment. They are virtually indestructible.”