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Statement by Congressman Boyle on Release of Toxic Chemical Pollution Study

June 20, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-13) issued the following statement today following the release of a federal health study on per- and polyflourinated chemicals (PFAS). The Trump Administration, including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, had previously blocked publication of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s study, fearing a “public relations nightmare.” This study showed that the current health advisory levels for two types of PFAS, PFOS and PFOA, set at 70 parts per trillion (ppt) is seven to ten times higher than what ATSDR has identified as the minimal risk level (MRL) for these chemicals. Congressman Boyle led the congressional call for release of this federal study, and is leading the fight for regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
"Impacted communities deserve a full response from the federal government and access to any and all of the latest health effects data. I led a congressional letter demanding that White House officials and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt stop suppressing the federal health study on per- and polyflourinated chemicals (PFAS) and put public health before their fears of ‘bad PR.’ Now that the study has been released, it is clear we need stronger health-based drinking water regulations for PFOA and PFOS, as my legislation H.R. 3106 demands. I won’t let up in this fight."
(click HERE to view health study)