Each week of the legislative session, we share an easy action for clean water as part of Water Policy News, it only takes a few minutes and it is the most urgent call to action.
This Week’s Easy Action: Contact your Legislators and encourage them to co-sponsor the PFAS Protection Act!
Toxic “forever” chemicals have been found in the raw water used to supply drinking water to approximately 700,000 West Virginians.
Known as PFAS, per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances are manmade chemicals that do not break down in nature and can cause adverse health effects, including cancer, at very low levels. Unsafe levels of PFAS have been found in the raw water supply for 130 community water systems. The responsibility for addressing this contamination should not be placed on water utilities or ratepayers.
A bill will be introduced this session to help address PFAS pollution called The PFAS Protection Act. It will require the state to take immediate action to identify PFAS at the source, help hold polluters responsible for cleaning up and preventing further contamination of our drinking water sources, and establish safe limits in our drinking water.
Contact your Legislators and encourage them to co-sponsor the PFAS Protection Act!