The White House and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently delayed publication of an important study by the federal agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (“ATSDR”). The draft report is on the toxic effects of PFOA and PFOS contaminants found in widespread water supplies near military bases, chemical plants, and other sites in New York, Pennsylvania, and other states. Apparently, the report confirms that these chemicals are dangerous to humans at levels much lower than current “standards.” The study was planned for release on January 30, 2018. Currently, no new publication date has been set. The withholding of information from the public likely delays cleanup activities and preventive health measures.
Although previous studies confirm the immense danger that PFOA and PFOS in community water supplies present, the suppression of this report keeps more individuals at-risk for developing serious and potentially fatal medical conditions.
If you suspect that you experienced toxic exposure and have developed health issues because of exposure to PFOA or PFOS, contact our experienced environmental lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients nationwide from our offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Cherry Hill, New Jersey.