Protect Millions Affected by Water Contamination

  • by: Earthjustice
  • recipient: Environmental Protection Agency
Every day millions of Americans drink water contaminated with a toxic class of chemicals known as PFAS (short for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are used extensively in common, everyday products such as non-stick coated cookware, fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn bags, carpet and fabric stain-protective coatings, personal care products, and water-repellent outdoor gear.

Due to their widespread use, PFAS have been detected in over 99 percent of people in the country. Serious medical effects, including liver and thyroid impairment, reproductive harm, and cancer, are linked to PFAS exposure.

Every community deserves to drink safe, clean water—no exceptions. As they find more contamination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot ignore the problem any longer and is soliciting public comment to develop a management plan. Tell EPA to stop approving these dangerous chemicals and begin limiting their use immediately.

The companies that produce PFAS chemicals have spent decades covering up evidence of their negative human and environmental impacts.

So far the federal government has failed to regulate PFAS, thus depriving the public of information and endangering our health.

Communities aren't even informed when PFAS chemicals have been released into the environment in their area or have contaminated their drinking water.

Communities deserve to know when their water has been contaminated by these dangerous chemicals and what the EPA is doing about it. Tell the EPA and Congress to mandate reporting of PFAS contamination!
Dear Environmental Protection Agency,

It is time for communities to be told when dangerous PFAS chemicals are contaminating their drinking water, and to know that the federal government is moving quickly to provide safe water supplies to those impacted by PFAS contamination.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allowed this toxic class of chemicals to be used with few limits. As a first step, the EPA must stop approving new PFAS chemicals.

In addition, the EPA must start to limit the over 3,000 PFAS chemicals that are already found in our environment—these chemicals must be considered and regulated as a class of compounds and not on an individual basis. A first step would be comprehensive testing to identify which drinking water supplies are contaminated with any toxic PFAS for which testing methods are available. Additional steps should include identifying the sources of this contamination so the pipeline of pollution can be closed off.

We need solutions that will ensure clean and safe drinking water and prevent future contamination.

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