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For Release: Friday, August 26, 2022

Statement from DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos on EPA's Actions to Classify PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances

"This milestone announcement from the EPA to classify PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances will increase its Superfund authority and result in reducing human and environmental exposure to these emerging contaminants and prevent these chemicals from entering our communities and drinking water supplies. With EPA's decision once finalized and under Governor Hochul's leadership, DEC will utilize this new action to strengthen our aggressive nation-leading efforts to protect New Yorkers from these forever chemicals while enforcing our strict environmental laws to force polluters to pay for contaminating our communities."

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