Tensions between lawmakers and several large manufacturing companies came to a head on Capitol Hill this week during a hearing on toxic fluorochemicals in U.S. drinking water . Representatives from the 3M Company, the Chemours Company and DuPont appeared before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Sept. 10 as Congress explores several bills to regulate dangerous "forever chemicals" called PFAS, which do not break down in the environment and have been linked to a number of diseases. Democrats on the committee suggested the companies had long known about the health hazards of dangerous "forever chemicals" called PFAS in their products and should shoulder some of the responsibility for addressing their spread. "You have played a part in this national emergency. You have sickened our first responders and members of the military, and I don’t know how you sleep at night," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida, The Hill reported . California Rep. Harley Rouda, who chairs the Oversight and Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Environment, said the companies’ misrepresentation of the science around PFAS "shakes the foundation of democratic capitalism" by "violating the trust of the American people," The Guardian reported . According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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