PARKERSBURG – U.S. Rep. David McKinley wants more information about C8 and the way in which a new lifetime health advisory was determined.
“We’re trying to get a hearing over the process in Washington,” he said.
McKinley, R-W.Va., was in the area Monday to attend and speak at the Polymer Alliance Zone’s annual meeting in Vienna. In an interview Monday afternoon, he said he would like to have a hearing before the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, for which he serves as vice chairman.
McKinley said he is not disputing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s determination that 0.07 parts per billion in drinking water provides protection against the potential health effects of C8, also known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) or the related perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS). But he does question the manner in which that number was reached and how it was disseminated to affected communities.
“This may have been putting unnecessary fear in people,” McKinley said.
The lifetime health advisory was announced on May 19 and had the greatest effect locally on the City of Vienna and the Boaz community, which gets its water from Vienna. Most of Vienna’s wells had consistently tested above 0.1 ppb in recent months, which was below the EPA’s provisional health advisory of 0.4 ppb.
When the lifetime advisory – based on protecting breastfeeding infants and developing fetuses – was announced, it set off a flurry of activity as Vienna officials tried to provide residents and businesses with alternative water sources. Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said recently he was only given about an hour’s notice before the information was released to the public.