We need your help! Washington State's Department of Ecology (Ecology) has proposed a chemical action plan (CAP) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that falls short when it comes to protecting our families and communities from these toxic forever chemicals.
These plans serve as blueprints for actions to address contamination by the “worst of the worst” toxic chemicals (persistent bioaccumulative toxics), and to prevent new pollution. The PFAS CAP represents our best chance to end the use of and cleanup PFAS. But to be effective, the plan must be bold and assertive—and right now the draft CAP does not go far enough.
Comments to Ecology about the draft are due January 4, 2021 so we have just a short time to act to make the CAP stronger.
We need your voice to urge our state leaders to recommend and adopt stronger, swifter actions to end all uses of PFAS. Will you send a comment today?
The fight to end the use of PFAS is so important and we can win. Right now, we can’t afford to signal chemical companies and manufacturers that our state will let them off the hook—which is what a weak chemical action plan will do. The CAP identifies many uses in products, such as firefighting foam, food packaging, carpets, textiles, waterproof apparel, firefighter gear, personal care products and many household and office products we use every day.
But Ecology is proposing to ignore many of these PFAS uses until 2025, which is unacceptable.
PFAS harm our immune system, are linked to several types of cancer, to reproductive and developmental harm, and to organ toxicity. And once they’re in our environment, they never go away. Ecology’s draft CAP, despite acknowledging the sources and impacts of PFAS, has an unreasonably long timeline for action and leaves out too many products. State leaders have shown a willingness to lead on PFAS action before and we need them to do it again.
Ecology is accepting comments right now. Will you tell them to hold the chemical industry accountable and prevent PFAS from contaminating our food, water, homes and bodies?
Thanks to your willingness to speak up, we’ve been able to pass legislation and influence rule-making to start turning the tap off these PFAS “forever chemicals.” But those wins tackle PFAS from one product or one source at a time. Washington’s PFAS chemical action plan can spur bigger, bolder accountability and action. We need Ecology to adopt a strong statewide action plan that shows they’re serious about keeping our communities and our environment safe.
This action plan represents our best chance to keep PFAS out of our bodies and our environment. Your voice is crucial. Join our effort today.
Thank you for continuing to show up and fight for safer, healthier, toxic-free communities.
Will you ask state leaders to take stronger, swifter action against PFAS?
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