Senators want PFAS labeled as hazardous

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of the Senate’s vote this week on the nomination of Peter Wright, nominee to serve as assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., along with Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., reiterated their call for EPA to declare – or for Congress to designate by law – per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Superfund law.

“While communities throughout New Hampshire – and the nation – continue to face PFAS contamination in their water supplies, the Trump administration is dragging its feet on responding to this pervasive problem. More than one year since the EPA pledged to designate PFAS as a hazardous substance under the Superfund law, we’ve seen no action made toward this goal. That’s unacceptable,” Shaheen said. “The administration needs to be forthcoming with Congress and the American people about how they will remediate contaminated sites, prevent further exposure and respond to the concerns of our impacted residents.”