Help Pennsylvania Address PFAS Chemicals

Water from a faucet / photo: istock

There is growing concern surrounding contamination by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The issue blew open in Pennsylvania in 2014 when the chemicals were discovered at unsafe amounts in local drinking water wells in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The scope of the problem has grown since then with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection also identifying at least 20 other contamination sites in the state, including two near Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh Air National Guard in Moon Township and Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station in Coraopolis.

PFAS chemicals have been used in consumer products and fire-fighting foam on industrial sites and military bases. Exposure is associated with health impacts including cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and birth defects. A new state task force was established by Governor Wolf to develop strategies to address this issue and they want to hear from you. Email them today and tell them to propose goal-oriented actions to address this issue and protect the health of Pennsylvanians.