LOS ANGELES — Environmental groups are very concerned about budget cuts that the House has proposed in its draft, targeting the Environmental Protection Agency.

This week, the Environmental Working Group and former EPA Director Betsy Southerland called the cuts “drastic” and said they would stall the Biden administration’s efforts to eliminate toxic forever chemicals that are contaminating drinking water known as PFAS.

PFAS chemicals are widely used and found in consumer, commercial and industrial products.

The chemicals break down slowly over time, can have harmful health effects and have been found in soil, air, water and even the blood in human bodies.