6 Things You Should Know About PFAS
An estimated 200 million Americans are drinking water contaminated with per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and these chemicals have also been found in grocery store meats, milk, seafood, bottled water, as well as in wild fish and game. Studies have also found PFAS in the blood of virtually all Americans. The absence of any federal laws regulating the manufacture, use, or disposal of PFAS poses a major and growing threat to our health, water, food, and soil.
The EPA has failed to set a legal limit for PFAS in drinking water, clean up existing PFAS pollution, reduce ongoing releases of PFAS, or ban PFAS from everyday products. There are currently over 9,000 PFAS on EPA’s Master List.
PEER is urging EPA to regulate PFAS as a class of chemicals instead of individually, and to ban all non-essential uses of PFAS. In addition, PEER wants EPA to classify all forms of waste contaminated with PFAS as a hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) in order to safely manage PFAS from the moment it is generated, while it is transported, treated or stored, until it is disposed.