DEP says EPA didn’t consider many health risks when approving PFAS replacements

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JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – New Jersey scientists are accusing the federal government of failing to consider many health risks posed by a group of chemicals that are designed to substitute for some of the controversial PFAS substances which are now being strictly regulated by the state. Regulation of PFAS has been deemed necessary because of growing evidence that they are a danger to public health.

The substitutes, known as GenX and PFBS, may be as toxic as the chemicals they are replacing but have been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency even though it did not examine their links to cancer and reproductive and developmental problems in humans before allowing industry to use the new chemicals, the state scientists said …

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