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August 14, 2020

Committee Chairwomen Request GAO Examination of Federal PFAS R&D Efforts

(Washington, DC)— Yesterday, Subcommittee on Energy Chair Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX), Subcommittee on Environment Chairwoman Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ), and Subcommittee on Research and Technology Chairwoman Haley Stevens (D-MI) sent a letter to Comptroller Gene Dodaro requesting the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) examine how the Federal Government has coordinated research and development (R&D) activities on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) across different agencies. The Committee Chairwomen also call for an examination of the current state of PFAS science and how Federal programs and investments are currently aligned to address any remaining scientific and technological gaps.

“It is critically important that the Federal Government build upon the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Action Plan by identifying and investing in cross-cutting, interagency R&D opportunities to address the environmental and health effects of PFAS,” the Committee Chairwomen said in the letter. “Earlier this year, EPA committed to expanding its research efforts and enhancing its engagement with the rest of the Federal Government. We support this engagement and believe a coordinated Federal response that draws on the expertise of multiple agencies, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation, will accelerate progress on this important public health issue.”

A copy of the letter can be found here