Water, Chemical Industries Challenge Biden’s PFAS Drinking Water Rule

"Lobby groups representing water utilities, as well as the chemical and manufacturing industries, have filed court challenges to a Biden administration rule that seeks to limit the presence of toxic chemicals in drinking water.

The American Water Works Association and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies filed a petition on Friday challenging new drinking water limits that pertain to certain chemicals in a family known as PFAS.

On Monday, the National Association of Manufacturer and the American Chemistry Council, trade groups representing the manufacturing and chemical industries, also filed a challenge to the rule.

PFAS, which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, is the name of a class of chemicals used in waterproof and nonstick products.

These substances have become pervasive in U.S. waterways and drinking water — with the federal government estimating that its rule could limit exposure of 100 million people — and have been linked to illnesses including certain cancers."

Rachel Frazin reports for The Hill June 10, 2024.


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Source: The Hill, 06/11/2024