Examining PFAS Chemicals and their Risks

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 10:00am
2154 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
Examining PFAS Chemicals and their Risks



The purpose of the hearing is to examine (1) the health effects associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure, which include decreased fertility, birth defects, liver disease, and increased risk for thyroid disease and cancer; (2) efforts by the Department of Defense to minimize exposure in and around military communities and (3) the Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released action plan regarding these substances


PFAS chemicals have been used in a variety of household and industry products for decades in the United States, including fire-fighting foams used by the Department of Defense (DOD). 

PFAS chemicals are currently unregulated by the federal government.

Reps. Dan Kildee (D-MI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) led a bipartisan Congressional Task Force on PFAS to propose House action on cleanup and development on PFAS-free military and industrial substances.


The Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick
Member of Congress

The Honorable Daniel T. Kildee 
Member of Congress

Mr. Dave Ross
Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Maureen Sullivan 
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment
U.S. Department of Defense

116th Congress