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Hudson Announces EPA's PFAS Community Engagement Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2018
 
Hudson Announces EPA’s PFAS Community Engagement Event
 
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) community engagement event in Fayetteville which will be held on Tuesday, August 14. Rep. Hudson invited the EPA to Fayetteville to hold a community engagement event so the EPA can hear directly from constituents to take action on PFAS. Once the event was confirmed, Rep. Hudson invited the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to further coordinate efforts between federal, state, and local leaders.
 
“Addressing the GenX issue remains a top priority for me, and I’m pleased the EPA accepted my invitation to visit my district and hear directly from our community," said Rep. Hudson. "I will continue to work with federal, state, and local officials to help make sure the right steps are taken to protect public health."
 
Background
This event is open to the public and the press. Those who are interested in attending the event should register here. Those interested in speaking should select the option to speak while registering. Please check back at the PFAS Community Engagement website for further information leading up to the event. Citizens are also encouraged to submit written statements to the public docket at https://www.regulations.gov/ enter docket number: OW-2018-0270.
 
Rep. Hudson continues to be on the front lines of this issue. On August 1, he invited Michael S. Regan, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, to attend the PFAS community engagement event in Fayetteville. 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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