- larubia 05/13/2023
"Researchers have found that 98% of the population has a detectable amount of these toxic, carcinogenic chemicals in their blood."
No, our government is not doing enough to protect our health and safety.
- Brian 05/13/2023
It seems like our governments are starting to take these toxic chemicals more seriously now, but it might be too late; we've found them in nearly everything.
I hope that the recent actions taken by the EPA will help to stop the production and spread of these chemicals, but I'm sure we could do more.
- LeslieG 05/13/2023
Systematic reviews and meta-analysis has identified PFAS (4700 human-made fluorine-rich molecules) detectable in human blood and attributable to increases in 13 medical conditions (high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, impaired immune function, kidney and testicular cancer, breast cancer, infertility, low birth rate, childhood obesity, diabetes, thyroid function) costing anywhere from $6B to $63B in healthcare costs. While PFAS have been banned in Europe they are still produced in other countries.
Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs) are man-made chemicals developed to be resistant to fire, oil, grease, water, stains that are found in a wide range of consumer and industrial products, including non-stick cookware, stain repellants, dental floss, cleaning products and cosmetics.
The chemicals are discharged from PFAS manufacturing and processing facilities or high use facilities (airports, military installations, etc).
Once they enter the environment and source water, PFAS compounds cannot be removed by the water treatment process. Its estimate that 18–80M people are exposed to at least 10 ppt of PFAS, and 200M+ are exposed to concentrations of 1 ppt or higher in tap water in the US like my county.
Our state says there are few sites in state, and are upstream of drinking water sources.
The EPA does not regulate PFAS compounds but maintains a health advisory which is the only federal standard of 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for two of the most common compounds: PFAS which is one drop of water in 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
In 2020 testing resumed of my county (and the neighboring county) filtration plants which identified 2 compounds (Perfluorohexanoic acid and Perfluorooctanoic acid) at levels barely above the minimum reporting level of 1.8 parts per trillion - well below the EPA's health advisory level of 70 ppt.
Testing is done quarterly and reports are posted to the water company website serving our county and the neighboring county.
“study identifies at least $5.52 billion in annual disease burden and associated social costs of current annual exposure to long-chain PFAS with our sensitivity analyses revealing as much as $62.6 billion. Regulatory action to limit ongoing PFAS use and remediate contaminated water supplies may produce substantial economic benefits.”
“Although PFOA and PFOS have been added to the Stockholm Convention and PFOA use has been banned in the EU, they are still being released into the environment and are still being produced in other countries. Furthermore, both chemicals persist in the environment due to their chemical stability, resulting in ongoing human exposure”
- Gdbondii 06/07/2023
Ban PFAS which is a good start but do more. Look at plastic and which are good?
- Diana 06/29/2023
Right now There is somethings I cannot do.... Has anyone tried to get . this Facebook protection thing....... It is a ... "Two factor Authentication.. Thing. ". They are supposed to send you a code. .it is sick ....... I have had I do not know how many codes. And all come up .. It is the wrong code.... I cannot access my Facebook account...... And the codes do not work... Has anyone got a working code !!!!??????? !!!!!......... I have tried to get help from Facebook .. I cannot......
- Donna 06/07/2023
WE THE PEOPLE are all having to deal with toxic chemicals in our water and soil! How on earth did we allow these companied to get away with this? How many people have been poisoned because of this? No one even told us it was happening until way after the damage was done! We need to remind our Representatives & Senators that they work for US not the Corporations! These high prices they also charge us are putting us in debt! This is unacceptable!!! Our Federal Government has to do more to clean up this mess and FINE every Corporation that knowingly caused the damage! Corporations do not run this country, but members of our government have allowed this to happen! To EVERY Person in Congress, WE pay for everything you receive, and WE ELECTED YOU to Represent us not Corporations! Never forget this!!
- colin 06/08/2023
They only seem to change the acceptable amount we can have in our system until it has an effect on them. When they found PFA's in their bottled water. OH NO we have to do something.
- Deemax 06/07/2023
corporations are way to vested in congress so nothing will be done about this !!
- Lesley 06/07/2023
No one stuffing your pockets? Maybe you should consider the fact that you shouldn't need bribes to do what's right.
- Michael 06/07/2023
Can we please get ahead of these problems by making the big offenders responsible for cleanup and putting preventable measures in place.
We need to tackle dangerous health hazards to especially people of color and people with disabilities
- Steph 06/07/2023
No, The Government does nothing to protect the common people from Forever Chemicals.....the DuPont family has been posioning waterways since before the Revolutionary War and nothing has ever been done to them, as an example.
Of course, it's a matter of money in politics: When their wealthy mega- donors pay them to look the other way, they do!
- Lois 06/07/2023
we must stop our reliance on plastic and other chemicals that are poisoning us. Microplastics are now being found in mother's breast milk.
- sepena 05/26/2023
good for maine for doing the right thing. too bad the supreme court is making it much harder the nation to do the right thing. the supreme court sucks supremely.
- Arlys 05/25/2023
NO! NO! NO! It's all about the profit margin, greed, and large donations and other perks regarding political control. Time for the average voter to take a stand against this danger to our freedoms and democracy.