EPA sets toxins response plan amid criticism from lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a plan for dealing with a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it hasn’t done enough to regulate them.

In an interview with ABC News Live, acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler called the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS “a very important threat.” But he didn’t commit to setting safety standards. An announcement is planned for Thursday in Philadelphia.

The chemicals are found in a variety of consumer products such as carpets, non-stick cooking pans and water-repelling outdoor gear.

Increasing numbers of states have found them seeping into drinking water supplies.

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