Breaking his own promise to control these chemicals:
The Trump administration threatened to veto H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act, which would set deadlines for EPA to reduce ongoing PFAS releases and set a drinking water standard for two notorious PFAS chemicals. Last February, David Ross, the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator for water, pledged to Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the top Democrat on the Senate environment panel, that “by the end of this year,” the agency “will propose a regulatory determination, which is the next step in the Safe Drinking Water Act process” for establishing an enforceable legal limit.
But although the EPA has sent a regulatory determination to the White House, administration officials have blocked efforts to require drinking water utilities to filter PFAS from tap water.
It's an election year, so you'll have to excuse me for moving politics to the forefront of this conversation. But this issue is in the top five of things that directly affect North Carolinians, and those voters need to know just how little Trump cares about the health and well-being of their families. Every day that passes in the absence of EPA oversight is a gift to polluters like Chemours, and a curse to the rest of the state. But it isn't just a NC problem, some 100 million Americans may be dealing with these chemicals in their drinking water:
PFAS has so far been detected in more than 1,400 communities in almost every state, and EWG estimates that more than 100 million Americans may be drinking water contaminated with the highly toxic chemicals.
The EPA has also failed to designate the two most notorious fluorinated chemicals, PFOA and PFOS, as “hazardous substances” under the Superfund law, despite a pledge to do so by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. A proposal to designate these PFAS as hazardous substances has also been blocked by White House officials.
“Just days after failing to meet a PFAS deadline, the Trump administration has threatened to veto legislation that would set PFAS deadlines,” said EWG Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber. “It’s never been clearer that it’s time for Congress to set tough deadlines to reduce PFAS releases into the air and water, set PFAS drinking water standards, and clean up legacy PFAS pollution. If the Trump administration won't take the necessary steps to protect the public from PFAS, it's up to Congress to act."
This bill is apparently bi-partisan, with even a couple of North Carolina's Republicans co-sponsoring (Hudson & Rouzer). I'll try to follow up with a vote breakdown (including the U.S. Senate if turtle-boy lets it get a vote), but that's not as easy as it sounds. There's always multiple votes and figuring out which one is the real deal can take hours...