New factsheet for communities affected by PFAS contamination
In November, BUSRP produced a factsheet on polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) for residents of communities who are concerned about PFAS-contaminated water. Created in collaboration with Toxics Action Center, a Community Engagement Core partner, the factsheet is designed to answer questions about PFAS exposure, regulations and advisories, heath effects and steps that residents can take to test the water supply and respond to contamination.
PFAS have been discovered in 33 states and appear in excess of federally recommended safety levels in drinking water supplies serving over six million U.S. residents, according to a Harvard study released in August. The contamination is a nation-wide problem that hits close to home – PFAS have been found in drinking water in all six New England states.
Toxics Action Center has been responding to PFAS in New England, particularly in Vermont, to assist affected residents in dealing with the consequences of contaminated water and working to ensure a safe water system. Toxics Action Center’s on-the-ground experience informed the issues addressed in this factsheet, which is intended for use by communities that suspect or are already aware of PFAS contamination in drinking water.
December 8, 2016