Government is always slow to roll however, the EPA knows PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) can increase toxic body burden and cause adverse health effects, including developmental harm to fetuses, testicular and kidney cancers, liver tissue damage, immune system or thyroid effects, and changes in cholesterol.
The new year brings continued momentum to protect people and the environment from PFAS. The first major legislation the House will take up in 2020 is a bill that would require the EPA to regulate PFAS, which are toxic chemicals contaminating U.S. municipal and private water supplies.
The House will consider a bill on Jan. 9 (H.R.535) that would push the EPA to create nationwide protective measures against poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, and could vote on passage Jan. 10.
PFAS are found in products like nonstick pans (e.g. “Teflon”), waterproof jackets, and carpets to repel water, grease, and stains. They’re also used in firefighting foam on military bases and in commercial airports. Even personal care products like waterproof mascaras and eyeliners, sunscreen, shampoo, and shaving cream can contain PFAS.
PFAS don't break down easily and can persist in the body and environment for decades. According to the CDC more than 95 percent of the US population has PFAS in their bodies.
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