Millions of people in the U.S. are drinking water contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals. A major source of this contamination is from the use of the chemicals in firefighting foam, which is why Toxic-Free Future led the effort last year to pass a first-in-nation law banning the sale of PFAS-containing firefighting foam in Washington State.
Following this state action, Congress is now considering action on the federal level to stop the use of PFAS foam by the military. The proposal to stop the military use of PFAS firefighting foam is included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill that funds the U.S. military. The House and Senate have passed different versions of the NDAA with different actions on PFAS. Now a conference committee is ironing out the differences, and as Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Adam Smith plays a pivotal role.
Please ask Congressman Smith to take strong actions on PFAS: to eliminate PFAS from firefighting foam by 2023 and to designate PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law so that contaminated sites are cleaned up.
PFAS are used in products from food packaging to firefighting foams, resulting in widespread pollution with PFAS that don’t break down and wind up in our bodies. These chemicals have been linked to increased risk for certain cancers, reduced birth weight, suppression of the immune system, and reduced hormone levels.
We don’t have to choose between clean drinking water and fighting fires. Firefighting foam without PFAS chemicals is being used successfully used in the U.S. and around the world. Our military needs to make the switch now.