Environmentalists and lawmakers are advising the federal government to roll out a report suggesting firm new restrictions on a group of chemicals in which NJ is having a major role in regulating.
The federal ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) pointed out it is readying to roll out a study claiming that the perfluorochemicals (PFC) class of chemicals, also dubbed as PFAS, must be put through much tighter limits than those advised (but not needed) by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
That prompted the White House and the EPA executives to alert of a public relationships “nightmare” as they expect a clash between federal organizations over a subject of public health. This is as per recently published reports by some advocacy groups & media outlets and emails received from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Last week, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), blamed the White House of overcrowding the ATSDR research, and asked for its launch.
“Families all through our nation have a right to be aware about hazardous contaminants present in their drinking water,” Pallone claimed to the media in an interview. “Once again, The White House has displayed that it keeps public relations on priority in comparison to public health by hiding an HHS research, which shows a group of toxic chemicals cause danger to human health at extreme lower levels that EPA earlier believed to be safe.”
“While I am happy that NJ already has measures near to the ATSDR suggestion, I will operate with my associates on the Energy and Commerce Committee and all through Congress to do everything within our reach to make sure that the report is launched,” Pallone claimed.
On the other hand, U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Pennsylvania has asked the EPA to answer to rumors suggesting it concealed the ATSDR offers. The EPA claimed that it needs a “consistent” federal reply to the suitable level of PFCs in the environment.