Rep. Sánchez votes to keep “forever chemicals” out of water
WHITTIER — Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), a co-sponsor of the PFAS Action Act, voted last week to require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate PFAS, chemicals used in products like non-stick cookware and flame-retardant foams, as hazardous substances and direct federal resources to clean up known contamination sites.
“PFAS are known as ‘forever chemicals’ because once they are ingested, they stay in the body for long periods of time,” said Sanchez.
“Traces of PFAS, which have been linked to types of cancer, have been found in drinking water in my district. It’s past time that the EPA takes action to clean up drinking water, military sites, and every other contaminated area.
“By passing this legislation, we take an important first step in addressing this problem and raising awareness when it comes to interacting with this dangerous substance.”