At least 7 million Americans living near 131 military sites could be exposed to unsafe levels of PFAS, a set of chemical compounds linked to health risks like cancer, fetal health disorders, and liver damage.¹ That’s the disturbing finding of a recent UCS report that looks at contamination levels at military sites across the country.² Documents we obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request showed levels of PFAS that exceeded established safety thresholds at 130 of the 131 sites.
In one of the documents we uncovered, a White House staffer called a pending government report on PFAS a “public relations nightmare” and tried to suppress the science and the danger from the public.³
It is unacceptable that our government allows military families and their neighbors to be exposed to toxic chemicals. Along with our partners, we’re using research to draw media attention and demand action from our leaders, but we need your help to make sure our government rights this wrong.
We’ve already made important progress on the PFAS fight. Our team of experts have combed through the evidence on PFAS contamination and are bringing the facts to light: existing rules covering PFAS contamination are insufficient to deal with the emerging body of research.
The time for a stronger, science-based national response on PFAS, based on the latest research and highest standards for public safety, is long past due. Our efforts have pushed the Environmental Protection Agency into beginning preliminary inquiries to bolster safeguards against PFAS contamination; we need to hold their feet to the fire until our drinking water is 100 percent safe.
With PFAS contamination and so many other threats, we need to get the science right.
It’s a long road ahead in order to keep people safe from PFAS in drinking water. UCS will be there every step of the way—elevating science and the facts in the policymaking process, uncovering political interference at the EPA, and bringing public pressure on behalf of the environment and public health.
Thank you for sharing our vision of a world where our leaders put our health, safety, and environment first.
John Mace ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists