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June 25, 2019

Clean Water Groups Says There Are Bigger Problems Than PFAS

The executive director for the American Water Works Association said mistakes can be made when regulators target the “chemical du jour” such as PFAS, according to Legal Newsline.

The comments were made during an event on hosted by George Mason University’s Law & Economics Center last week. During the panel discussion, Tracy Mehan said the need for at least $1 trillion in upgrades to water systems was more pressing. Mehan said “we’ve got to make sure we go after the highest risk first” and that the initial research on possible PFAS contamination “hardly rises to the level of creating a primary drinking-level standard.”

The event comes as a U.S. Senate committee strengthened one of the many bills that attempt to regulate PFAS, even though the EPA has decided more research is needed before the agency passes a threshold for it.  

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