Sustained Outrage

Group calls on EPA to act on C8

Gina McCarthy

There’s some new news out today about C8, in the form of a letter from the Environmental Working Group that demands urgent action by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The group says:

The Environmental Protection Agency was first alerted 15 years ago to contamination of drinking water by PFOA, a chemical used to make Teflon that has since been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, heart disease and other serious health problems. Since then, PFOA pollution has grown from a regional problem to a national crisis. Yet EPA still has not set a legal limit for the compound in drinking water, even in the face of repeated appeals from state officials and representatives of the public interest community.

You can read the full letter here. Among other things, the letter says:

… We remain deeply troubled by the agency’s glacial pace and uneven approach to protecting the public from this highly persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical. In particular, it escapes all logic as to why EPA would issue conflicting health advisory levels for PFOA, which are leading to confusion and varied responses to the problem.