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ACC Challenges EPA’s Revised Health Advisories for PFOS and PFOA

EPA’s Revised Lifetime Health Advisories (LHAs) for PFOA and PFOS Reflect a Failure of The Agency to Follow Its Accepted Practice for Ensuring the Scientific Integrity of Its Process

Tom Flanagin

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2022) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) filed a petition in D.C. Circuit Court challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revised Lifetime Health Advisories (LHAs) for PFOA and PFOS. ACC issued the following statement:

“ACC supports the development of drinking water standards for PFAS based on the best available science. However, EPA’s revised Lifetime Health Advisories (LHAs) for PFOA and PFOS reflect a failure of the Agency to follow its accepted practice for ensuring the scientific integrity of its process.

“While they are ‘non-regulatory levels,’ LHAs will have sweeping implications for policies at the state and federal levels. Getting the science right is of critical importance and we have an obligation to challenge these advisories based on the underlying science and the flawed process.

“The Agency’s revised LHAs for PFOA and PFOS are based on toxicity assessments that are currently being reviewed by EPA’s Science Advisory Board. Rather than wait for the outcome of this peer review, EPA has announced new Advisories that are 3,000 to 17,000 times lower than those released by the Obama Administration in 2016. These new levels are below levels that can be reliably detected using existing EPA methods.

“PFAS are a diverse universe of chemistries with properties critical to a number of important uses, including renewable energy efforts, medical supplies integral to modern healthcare, and products critical to the resiliency of our supply chains. Importantly, all PFAS chemistries are not the same. Each chemistry has its own unique properties and uses, as well as unique environmental and health profiles.

“We hope this challenge ultimately succeeds and leads to science-based policies that are protective of human health and the environment.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.