Environmental and public health groups on Monday approved of the Biden administration’s focus on the issue but criticized regulators for not moving quickly enough on forceful actions.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which represents government employees in environmental fields, released an analysis of federal data on Monday that suggested that roughly 120,000 industrial sites may be handling PFAS chemicals, a higher number than experts have estimated. Yet, the road map doesn’t focus enough on these sites, the group said.
“EPA is kicking the can down the road with this plan,” stated PEER Science Policy Director Kyla Bennett, a former EPA scientist. “EPA appears incapable of taking the action necessary to protect the public from this health crisis.”