Texas Farmers Sue EPA for Alleged Inaction on Forever Chemicals

By Gabe Castro-Root | Bloomberg Law | June 6, 2024

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"A group of five Texas farmers and ranchers sued the EPA on Thursday for its alleged failure to properly regulate PFAS in fertilizer.

The complaint, filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia, says the Environmental Protection Agency’s inaction allowed per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances from sewage sludge fertilizers to contaminate farmlands, livestock, crops, and water supplies.

PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals” because they don’t fully degrade in the environment and build up in the human body, where they have been linked to developmental and reproductive harm, cancers and more. Studies cited by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have found the chemicals are likely to be in the bloodstream of nearly every American."