EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spelled out a years-long, ambitious plan to tackle pervasive toxic fluorochemicals contaminating soil and drinking water systems but fell short on what steps localities should take now.

The agency will take four steps through its various offices to reduce environmental exposure and identify cleanup strategies, Pruitt announced May 22 at a national summit in Washington to address the chemicals’ health risks.

Exposure to this ubiquitous class of several thousand chemicals, used to create heat- and water-resistant products is linked to a range of health effects from low birth weights to elevated cholesterol levels.

Some representatives...