SUPPORT A BILL TO RESTRICT AND MONITOR PFAS CHEMICALS BY:  

 

  • banning this class of chemicals in firefighting foam

  • banning their use in food packaging and food service ware

  • funding DEEP to allow monitoring of drinking water sources and other high risk sites for PFAS (e.g. landfills, wells and agricultural sites)

  • establishing a health-protective maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFAS chemicals in drinking water.

 

The acronym PFAS stands for perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, a class of chemicals that have been, and are presently used, for a variety of purposes. Most notably, they are found in non-stick cookware, water-repellant clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics and dental floss, as well as in food packaging and food service ware.

There are more than 4,700 PFAS in use today and their prevalence has caused pollution at 1,398 sites in 49 states, including Connecticut. Last year, tens of thousands of gallons of toxic firefighting foam spilled into the Farmington River following a crash at Bradley airport. Click here to read the news report on the resulting contamination and the Town of Windsor's health warning. This accident prompted Governor Lamont, in July 2019, to establish a task force to make recommendations to protect the health of CT residents and our environment from PFAS. While the task force's report was published in November 2019, it contains no timelines for any of the recommended actions. 

 

Drinking water across the US is polluted by PFAS and the chemical is thought to be in the bloodstream of 99.7% of Americans nationwide. Click here for a recent article in the Guardian newspaper relating to PFAS in US drinking water. The Human Health Committee, part of the Governor Lamont’s PFAS task force, recommended that the first action the State should take "to minimize environmental exposure for Connecticut residents is to implement a phased PFAS testing program for public drinking water".

 

Click here to learn about the existence of PFAS in nonstick cookware and watch the documentary, "The Devil We Know".

 

Toxic PFAS chemicals are known as "forever" chemicals because they don't break down. They remain in the environment and in our bodies for years. As PFAS build up in the environment, future generations are at risk of even higher levels than today. These chemicals can cause liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression and liver, kidney and other cancers. They have also been shown to cause impaired immunity in children. 

 

It is imperative that our State government take action to protect our health and our environment by passing legislation to limit these chemicals - the Governor's own report highlights the need for such action!

 

Writing or calling your legislators is a most meaningful way of letting them know that their constituents care about their health and their environment and the dangers that these chemicals pose.

 

We have provided below a sample email for you to use or adapt as you wish to communicate with your legislators and a sample script if you prefer to make a phone call.


FIND YOUR STATE REP HERE.

 

SAMPLE EMAIL:

 

Dear        

 

I am writing to urge you to pass legislation that would limit the amount of PFAS chemicals that we in Connecticut are exposed to on a daily basis. You are likely aware of recent reports as to the existence of PFAS chemicals in drinking water across the US, the spill of tens of thousands of gallons of toxic firefighting foam into the Farmington River last year and the task force set up by Governor Lamont to make recommendations to protect CT residents and our environment against these chemicals. None of these recommendations appear to have been implemented.

 

PFAS chemicals are known as “forever“ chemicals because they take years to break down in our bodies and our environment. They are also associated with  liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression and liver, kidney and other cancers. 

 

We need a law that:

 

  • bans the use of PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam

  • bans their use in food packaging and food service ware

  • funds DEEP to allow monitoring of drinking water sources and other high risk sites for PFAS (e.g. landfills, wells and agricultural sites)

  • establishes a health-protective maximum contaminant level (MCL) for PFAS chemicals in drinking water.                                                  The Human Health Committee, part of the Governor's PFAS task force, recommended that the first action the State should take "to minimize environmental exposure for Connecticut residents is to implement a phased PFAS testing program for public drinking water". 

 

As your constituent, I urge you to take action to support restrictions on PFAS chemicals. The existence of the Governor’s task force report speaks to this urgency. 

 

Please reach out to the leadership of the Environment Committee to express your support for such restrictions and your willingness to cosponsor a bill when introduced. 

 

Thank you for your consideration of this critical issue.

 

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR CALL:

 

I'm calling to ask you to support action to restrict PFAS chemicals in CT. PFAS chemicals are known as “forever“ chemicals because they take years to break down in our bodies and our environment. They are also associated with  liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, high cholesterol, obesity, hormone suppression and liver, kidney and other cancers.

 

You are probably aware of the prevalence of PFAS in drinking water throughout the US, the spill of tens of thousands of gallons of toxic firefighting foam last year into the Farmington River and Governor Lamont's resulting task force recommendations to protect residents of CT and our environment. It's time to put these recommendations into action.

 

We need a law that will ban PFAS in firefighting foam, food packaging and food service ware, and that will fund DEEP to allow it to monitor our drinking water sources and to establish maximum contaminant levels of PFAS in our drinking water.

 

As your constituent, I urge you to take action to support restrictions on PFAS chemicals. Please reach out to the leadership of the Environment Committee to express your support for such restrictions and your willingness to cosponsor a bill when introduced. 

 

Thank you for your consideration of this critical issue.