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Hudson Announces PFAS Water Contamination Hearing

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September 4, 2018
 
Hudson Announces PFAS Water Contamination Hearing
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a leader on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment, released the following statement announcing the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Thursday, September 6 to examine per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS):
 
“GenX and other PFAS contamination is a real problem in our state,” said Rep. Hudson. "As a member of the Subcommittee on Environment and someone who has worked to find a solution to GenX, I’m pleased we are holding this important hearing to further investigate the facts. I will continue to lead on these efforts to get results for our community.”
 
The Subcommittee on Environment will hold a hearing Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Perfluorinated Chemicals in the Environment: An Update on the Response to Contamination and Challenges Presented.” The Majority Memorandum, witness testimony, and live webcast will be made available as they are posted on the committee’s website here.
 
Rep. Hudson continues to be on the front lines of this issue. On August 14, Rep. Hudson arranged for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to hold a per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) community engagement event in Fayetteville. Rep. Hudson invited the EPA to hold a community engagement event so the EPA can hear directly from constituents to take action on PFAS.
 
Once the event was confirmed, he invited Michael S. Regan, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, to attend the PFAS community engagement event in Fayetteville to further coordinate efforts between federal, state, and local leaders. To read that letter, click here.
 
On June 21, Rep. Hudson sent a letter to the former EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, encouraging the EPA to consider visiting North Carolina as part of their continued work on PFAS. Rep. Hudson invited the EPA to visit the eighth district, specifically Fayetteville. To read that letter, click here.
 
In April, he questioned the Administrator Pruitt on GenX and continued his efforts to monitor reports of GenX in areas along the Cape Fear River, to encourage the swift collection and evaluation of data, and to help ensure appropriate measures are taken. To watch Rep. Hudson’s questioning of Administrator Pruitt, click here.
 
On March 6, Rep. Hudson sent a letter to Administrator Scott Pruitt to encourage a thorough examination of GenX that would help develop a comprehensive plan for containment and removal of GenX. To read the letter, click here. The agency responded on April 24, saying, “A key priority for the EPA is to further the understanding of human health impacts of PFAS to support states and local communities. The EPA is currently developing human health toxicity information for GenX that will provide a scientific basis for states and communities to set or refine public health goals.” To read that letter, click here.
 
This letter followed Rep. Hudson’s questioning of Administrator Pruitt at a Subcommittee on Environment hearing on December 7, 2017. To watch those questions, click here.
 
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