Brown: EPA Plan Doesn’t Answer Key Questions on Drinking Water Safety

Brown Continues to Push EPA to Establish Enforceable Federal Standards, Better Regulate PFOS/PFOA Chemicals in Americans’ Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement in response to EPA’s PFAS Action Plan that fails to include an enforceable drinking water standard for PFOS/PFOA chemicals that have been detected in the drinking water of millions of Americans. Last year, Brown secured the release of a previously unreleased study regarding what levels of PFOS are safe in drinking water as communities like Dayton continue working to address PFOS chemicals leaking into local water systems. Earlier this month, Brown also joined a bipartisan letter calling on EPA to set federal drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS.  

“All Americans have the right to safe drinking water and the EPA needs to set a clear, strict standard for these contaminants,” said Brown. “Americans should never have to fear for their health, or their child’s health, when they turn on the faucet. We need the EPA to prove to us that it’s on the peoples’ side and not the side of the chemical companies that have exposed millions to these toxic substances.” 

Last June, Brown joined Sen. Portman (R-OH) and others in demanding the release of a draft federal study regarding the levels of PFOS/PFOA chemicals that are safe for exposure. According to news reports, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had been blocking the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from releasing the study. 

In August, Brown also helped secure $335.8 million for Air Force bases like Wright-Patt to continue efforts to clean up toxic chemicals, such as PFOS and keep them from getting into the local water supply. 

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