—Rep. Thomas Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia) sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler
demanding the EPA regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluoro octane sulfonate (PFOS) contaminants found in local drinking water.
The EPA said it will regulate these chemicals by the end of the year. That’s not fast enough for Murt.
“While the EPA has addressed that there is an issue and held various meetings on the topic, more needs to be done in terms of clean-up and transparency, especially clean-up,” Murt said in his letter.
The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Horsham was using firefighting foam that contained these chemicals in amounts that were near or above the EPA’s advisory 70 parts per trillion.
Since 2014, public and private wells in Warminster, Horsham and Warrington near local military bases showed high levels of these chemicals.
“The drinking water of 70,000 residents has been contaminated as a result, causing major health problems including high cholesterol, immunodeficiencies, ulcerative colitis, reproductive issues and some cancers,” Murt wrote.
Murt continued: “I would like some explanation regarding the large discrepancy between the EPA advisory figure (70ppt) and the figures put out by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (which says that the standard for PFOS should be 14 ppt to protect children and 21 ppt for PFOA). Clarification on this would be greatly appreciated and I look forward to your comments and action plan.”
Representative Thomas P. Murt, Ed.D.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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