PFAS chemicals: health risks and regulation
We discuss PFAS, compounds used in cookware, carpeting and upholstery, food wrappers, and firefighting foam, the health risks they pose and the challenges regulating them.Listen 49:30
Guests: Hope Grosse, Alexis Temkin, Brian Fitzpatrick
PFAS chemicals are in a lot of products — non-stick cookware, stain resistant carpets, water repellent clothing, food wrappers, and firefighting foam. These long living compounds have also been found in drinking water in many communities across the country. PFAS have been linked to a number of health problems, including certain cancers, thyroid and pregnancy problems, and elevated cholesterol. Still regulating these toxic chemicals has proven challenging, prompting states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey to set their own PFAS limits and rules. This hour, we examine the health risks that PFAS pose, what the EPA, Congress and states’ are doing to regulate them, and the efforts to clean them up. Our guests are HOPE GROSSE, co-founder of the Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water, REPRESENTATIVE BRIAN FITZPATRICK, a Republican representing Pennsylvania’s 1st District who co-chairs the Congressional PFAS Task Force, and ALEXIS TEMKIN, a toxicologist with the Environmental Working Group.
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