Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are increasingly raising concerns the government has not done enough to handle chemical contamination from military bases, airports and industrial sites around the country.
In the first of several expected hearings targeting the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration, a House oversight subcommittee will question officials from the EPA and the Department of Defense on their response to chemicals contaminating water all over the country.
The topic for Wednesday’s hearing has become a bipartisan focus for many lawmakers on Capitol Hill, many of whom are facing pressure from constituents affected by contaminated water.
Formally called PFAS, the group of chemicals being discussed is nicknamed “forever chemicals” because once they’re introduced into the soil or water by a military base or industrial facility they’re very difficult to remove from the environment. They are used in firefighting foam, nonstick pans and waterproof household products like carpets.
These chemicals have been used for decades, but some types were […]