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Connecting The Dots: PFOA, Congress And The EPA

Emily Corwin

Last week was a big news week for residents dealing with water contamination issues in New Hampshire and across the country. 

First, the EPA announced a new lifetime health advisory for PFOA and PFOS, chemicals found in high concentrations near the former Pease Air Force Base in 2014, and around industrial sites in Merrimack and Amherst this spring.

Then, Congress announced it had come to a compromise on the Toxic Substances Control Modernization Act, which oversees the chemical industry. The last toxic chemical regulation act passed in 1976. 

To help us understand these developments, All Things Considered host Peter Biello turns to Sharon Lerner. Lerner's been investigating these chemicals for over a year. She writes for The Intercept, where you can read all of her reporting on PFOA and its replacement chemicals.

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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