Matthew Daly and Michael Phillis obtained an on-the-record interview and a big scoop on the first-ever federal regulation of toxic PFAS chemicals, commonly known as “forever chemicals.”
A rule regulating the group of chemicals called PFAS had long been expected — environmentalists had been pressuring the Biden administration to act against the so-called “forever chemicals” because they stay in the environment and have been linked to a broad range of health issues. Daly and Phillis aggressively worked their sources at the Environmental Protection Agency and in environmental groups and were able to get first word that a proposed rule was coming and when. But they didn’t stop there. They pursued and were given an on-the-record interview with top EPA officials and learned about the specific limits that were being proposed and the reasoning behind them.