Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is continuing to put pressure on the Environmental Protection Agency to release a study relating to PFAS in public water supplies.
In July of 2017, Fitzpatrick spoke on the house floor about the Warminster military base that was one of 400 tested for contamination. Fitzpatrick called on the EPA to release their latest study on human exposure to the chemical.
“It will provide us with critical information about the health impact these unregulated chemicals may have,” Fitzpatrick said. “And aide the federal government in conjunction with state and local agencies to reverse the contamination and protect the health and welfare of our residents.”
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt responded to Fitzpatrick with a letter on May 21, 2018, but claimed in the letter the “EPA does not have the authority to release this study.” Fitzpatrick was disappointed with Pruitt’s response.
“Claiming he does not have the authority to release the study is unacceptable,” Fitzpatrick responded in a statement. “My constituents deserve to know the details of this health study. They have a right to know what is happening inside their government.”
Polyfluoroalkyl Substances, or PFAS, are a specific group of man-made chemicals. PFAS do not break down in the environment or the human body, meaning they can build up over time. The EPA states on its website there is evidence PFAS can be harmful to the human body.
PFAS can be found in food, household products like paints and cleaning supplies, and drinking water. The most common side effect found in studies of PFAS built up in a living animal is increased cholesterol levels, but development of cancers, reproductive effects, thyroid hormone disruptions, and low infant birth weights have also been identified.
Pruitt has stated a National PFAS Management Plan is planned to be released by the end of the year.