Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick is alongside Congressman Brendan Boyle in calling for federal regulation of dangerous chemicals in water around the country.
Monday morning, the congressmen joined Horsham’s local State Representative Todd Stephens to discuss the results of an ATSDR study released recently detailing the effects of PFAS.
“We need a strict, health-based, nation-wide drinking standard by the EPA,” Fitzpatrick said. “It is unacceptable EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt sought to keep this health study from the public.”
Perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are man-made chemicals that can contaminate drinking water. They do not break down over time, instead accumulating in a person’s body indefinitely, and have various negative health effects.
The study revealed Horsham Township had seven times the minimal risk level of the chemicals in its drinking water. Representative Stephens stated Horsham’s water was now safe to drink because of a $10 million dollar grant he secured for carbon filters.
“The primary purpose of the research is to determine if PFAS are hazardous substances,” Fitzpatrick stated. “We believe they are and Administrator Pruitt and the EPA must release a PFAS management plan.”
Last month, Fitzpatrick and Boyle demanded EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt release a study on the human health effects of PFAS. Leaked emails show Pruitt wanted to suppress the study because it would be a “PR nightmare”
When asked if he supported the call for Pruitt’s resignation, Fitzpatrick responded bluntly.
“Yest I do,” Fitzpatrick stated. “There’s way too much smoke around this man.”
He also criticised Pruitt’s lack of transparency, calling the results of Horsham’s water tests as “exhibit A.”
Fitzpatrick is now the fifth house Republican to call for Pruitt’s resignation.
The EPA held a National Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. last month, during which EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pledged to take steps to address PFAS. These include designating the chemicals as “hazardous substances,” developing groundwater cleanup recommendations, and designating a maximum contaminant level.