Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan
WASHINGTON (AP) – Environmental groups are criticizing the Trump administration’s plan for dealing with highly toxic chemicals in drinking water, saying it’s too little and too slow.
Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter says it’s a “non-action plan designed to delay effective regulation” of the chemicals known collectively as PFAS, which are found in nonstick pans and other household items.
The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in Philadelphia announced its “action plan” for dealing with PFAS in drinking water. The EPA calls the plan “comprehensive” and says it includes short- and long-term actions.
But the Sierra Club environmental organization says it will take years to carry the actions out.
Environment America clean-water advocate Bart Johnsen-Harris says the EPA plan lacks a clear, health-based limit on PFAS compounds in water supplies.
The National Ground Water Association industry group says the plan is an important step toward providing leadership on PFAS.