Subcommittee on Environment to Hold Hearing on PFAS Chemicals and their Risks

Mar 5, 2019
Press Release

Subcommittee on Environment to Hold Hearing on PFAS Chemicals and their Risks

Washington, D.C. (Mar. 5, 2019)—On Wednesday, March 6, 2019, the Subcommittee on the Environment will hold a hearing on “Examining PFAS Chemicals and their Risks.”

WHERE: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

WHEN: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

TIME: 10:00 AM

PURPOSE

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.

BACKGROUND

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) lead a bipartisan Congressional Task Force on PFAS to propose House action on cleanup and development on PFAS-free military and industrial substances.

WITNESSES

The Honorable Dave Ross

Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 

Ms. Maureen Sullivan

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

U.S. Department of Defense

 

The Honorable Daniel T. Kildee

Representative for the 5th District of Michigan

U.S. House of Representatives

 

The Honorable Brian K. Fitzpatrick

Representative for the 1st District of Pennsylvania

U.S. House of Representatives

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116th Congress