Drinking water should not make us sick. Yet thousands of Washingtonians’ drinking water is contaminated with toxic non-stick PFAS chemicals, and many residents have been forced to drink bottled water. The state doesn’t have the tools and resources to deal with the problem. There aren’t even drinking water standards for these cancer-causing chemicals. But we can change this.
Join me in asking Secretary of Health John Wiesman to act swiftly and request the State Board of Health establish drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals that will protect our communities from these cancer-causing chemicals.
PFAS chemicals are linked to cancer and are so persistent they can stay in the human body for up to eight years. They are used in firefighting foam, fast food wrappers, microwave popcorn, and stain resistant coatings for clothing and furniture. Other states have put limits on these chemicals in drinking water and Washington should too.
Fortunately, the Department of Health can request the State Board of Health put limits on these chemicals in drinking water. We need your help to make sure they act quickly to protect our drinking water and health.
Please join us in asking the Secretary of Health to request the State Board of Health establish drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals to protect our communities from these cancer-causing chemicals.
Anya Callahan is the Senior Campaigner at Toxic-Free Future.