As the nickname suggests, toxic PFAS "forever chemicals" won't go away on their own. Rather, we have to act to mitigate the threats these substances pose.
That's why we applauded U.S. House lawmakers when, on July 21, they passed the bipartisan PFAS Action Act.
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are used in consumer and commercial products from rain gear to firefighting foam. When they seep into the environment, they can cause health problems including birth defects and cancer.
“Nearly all Americans have PFAS in our bodies. This year, researchers even found PFAS in breast milk," said Danielle Melgar, PIRG’s Zero Out Toxics advocate. "It's long past time to get PFAS cleaned up and give our children and our children’s children a chance at healthier lives."
The bill passed by the House would designate two types of PFAS as hazardous, direct the EPA to limit PFAS discharged to waterways, and place a moratorium on new PFAS chemicals.
Learn more about our campaigns to zero out toxics.