“U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has reintroduced legislation that would more strictly regulate groundwater for PFAS chemicals. PFAS contamination has been detected in 49 states across the country. Homeowners in Calverton, Long Island, who live near a former naval defense manufacturer know the impacts of the contamination well.
“EPA does not even define PFAS,” said Kyla Bennett, science policy director at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “They just simply don’t have a definition anywhere on their website. And the United Nations Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development does have a very good definition of PFAS, which is ‘any compound containing at least one fluorinated carbon.’ EPA can start with that.””