There is growing concern surrounding contamination by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS chemicals have been used in a variety of consumer products and fire-fighting foam at industrial sites and military bases. Exposure is associated with cancer, thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis and birth defects. 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.
Email your state legislators today and ask them to take steps that’ll help begin addressing this public health issue.