WASHINGTON – Following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) announcement of new lifetime health advisory levels for four types of PFAS chemicals, including PFOA, PFOS, GenX and PFBS, Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:
“The EPA’s new health advisories are a step in the right direction to combating PFAS exposure in our environment, but there is still much to do to help Granite State families and communities who have felt the scourge of PFAS. No parent should have to worry if the water they give their kids is contaminated, and awareness of the threat will allow the EPA to better plan, prevent, and address PFAS exposure. I’ll keep working to make sure that families have peace of mind that whether it's their drinking water or make-up, food wrappers, or cookware, they’ll be safe from PFAS.”
Senator Hassan has worked to address PFAS contamination and ensure that communities in New Hampshire have access to clean and safe drinking water. The bipartisan infrastructure law that Senator Hassan helped negotiate includes meaningful investments to help communities afford critical water infrastructure projects, including an estimated more than $400 million for water infrastructure improvements in New Hampshire, and dedicated funding to address PFAS contamination. The bill also includes a measure authored by Senator Hassan to better ensure that more New Hampshire towns would be eligible for an advanced technology grant program that can be used remove contaminants, including PFAS, from drinking water. Senator Hassan also introduced a bill to ban PFAS chemicals in wrappers that touch food – a measure that recently passed out of the Senate HELP committee – and joined in introducing a bill banning the inclusion of PFAS chemicals in cosmetics products, such as makeup, moisturizer and perfume.
Read the EPA’s announcement here.