Toxic threats

It’s up to us to protect our ecosystems and communities from toxic chemicals.

Most of the 80,000 chemicals on the market in the United States have been put into use without testing long-term consequences for the environment, or their impacts on our health. We should make sure that any chemical in use is safe, eliminate those we know are dangerous, and stop using any that are damaging healthy ecosystems. And if an industry makes a toxic mess, we should know right away, and they should be the ones to pay for cleaning it up.

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Environmental, public health groups to Senate: Act on toxic PFAS in drinking water

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Environmental, public health groups to Senate: Act on toxic PFAS in drinking water

Eighty-two organizations, including Environment America and U.S. PIRG, delivered a letter Wednesday to the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee calling for comprehensive federal legislation to protect Americans’ drinking water from contamination by the toxic class of chemicals known as PFAS. The organizations, which hail from 30 states, asked the EPW Committee to designate all PFAS as hazardous substances, prohibit their use in firefighting foam, and direct the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue drinking water standards and stop the dumping of PFAS into our nation’s waterways.

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Advocates at Outdoor Retailer call on companies to phase out toxic ‘forever chemicals’

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Advocates at Outdoor Retailer call on companies to phase out toxic ‘forever chemicals’

Ahead of the Outdoor Retailer Summer trade show, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center and CoPIRG Foundation, state affiliates of Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund, hosted a media conference on Wednesday to call on the outdoor industry to phase out toxic PFAS chemicals from their products and supply chains. At the event, the environmental and consumer advocates highlighted companies that are lagging behind and celebrated the companies that are taking action.

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Statement: PFAS Firefighter Protection Act takes on dangerous ‘forever chemicals’

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Statement: PFAS Firefighter Protection Act takes on dangerous ‘forever chemicals’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5) introduced the PFAS Firefighter Protection Act into the Senate and the House this week. The bill aims to ban firefighting foams made with a class of toxic chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS. Firefighting foams, frequently used at airports and military installations, are one of the major sources of PFAS groundwater contamination in the United States. The bill would ensure that such foams are no longer in use within two years from the date it is passed.

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