State AGs take action on PFAS

18 attorneys general recently took action to stop PFAS from contaminating our drinking water and hold polluters accountable.

Anya Ivanova |

This week, Arkansas Attorney General Tim Griffin filed a lawsuit against “more than 30 chemical companies” for their alleged roles in putting state residents and drinking water at risk from forever chemicals. The industry is already facing litigation from other states and municipalities, with a recent proposed settlement exceeding $1 billion.  Hopefully, the combined effect of such legal actions will be to make manufacturers pay for the full damage of their toxic substances and compel them to abandon PFAS in favor of safe alternatives.

Meanwhile, 17 other attorneys general filed joint comments last week supporting U.S. EPA’s proposed limits for 6 PFAS in drinking water, and urged the agency to set limits for other PFAS as well.  Joining the comments were the AGs from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

We also filed comments from 21,725 grassroots activists in our national network supporting the EPA’s proposed PFAS limits, and urging the agency to phasing out the use of forever chemicals to prevent further contamination.


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