[Press Release] Rep. Sherrill Holds Science, Space, and Technology Committee Hearing on PFAS Research and Development

December 13, 2021

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"Today, as Chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Environment Subcommittee, Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) held a hearing on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to discuss the role of federal research and development to better understand and address the growing problem and expand public understanding about PFAS in NJ-11 and across the country.

PFAS are a class of human-made chemicals. They’re used in many industrial and everyday consumer products such as firefighting foam, food packaging, nonstick cookware, carpets, and even dental floss. PFAS are known as “forever chemicals” due to their widespread use, persistence in the environment, and strong molecular structure that makes them nearly impossible to break down. There is growing consensus that PFAS are linked to negative health consequences including cancer, infertility, liver and kidney disease, hormone disruption, and damage to the immune system especially in children."