“PORTSMOUTH — Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan are calling for the Trump administration to immediately release a draft assessment on the dangers of PFAS chemicals to human health.
Both senators’ offices released statements Monday after Politico Pro reported a Health and Human Services Administration draft assessment on PFAS chemicals concludes that they ‘pose a danger to human health at a far lower level than EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) has previously said was safe,’ according to internal EPA emails that were released to the Union of Concerned Scientists under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The report also states that some Trump administration officials have been fighting to block the release of the draft assessment…
Politico Pro also reported that a White House official wrote in January that the release of the draft assessment would present a ‘public relations nightmare.’
The study could dramatically increase the cost of cleanups at sites like military bases and chemical manufacturing plants, and force neighboring communities to pour money into treating their drinking water supplies.
Shaheen said Monday that ‘the real nightmare is not knowing how exposure to PFAS chemicals have impacted the health of your children, a reality for many Seacoast parents.’…
Shaheen in March procured $7 million for the first-ever national health study on the effects of PFAS exposure after an amendment she included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law in 2017.
The Shaheen amendment directs the Department of Defense to pay for the health study, which will be conducted by the ATSDR.
The ATSDR announced last week the Pease community will be the first area involved in the study and will serve as a model for other military installations.”
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