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Tell Congress: Hold corporations accountable for poisoning Americans

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"Hold corporations accountable for knowingly poisoning Americans with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances."

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    Tell Congress: Hold corporations accountable for poisoning Americans

    For more than 40 years, the chemical industry has been knowingly poisoning Americans with products that contain toxic, cancer-causing substances - all the while sweeping their health risks under the rug.

    These toxic fluorinated chemicals, called PFAS, are linked to cancer and harm to the reproductive and immune systems. PFAS contamination has been found in more than 700 communities, and more than 100 million Americans may have PFAS in their drinking water.1

    Democrats announced that they will finally try to hold the chemical industry accountable for devastating communities across the country and will be holding congressional hearings soon. We must speak out as loudly as possible to ensure our lawmakers hold these companies to account.

    Tell Congress: Hold corporations accountable for poisoning Americans.

    PFAS, also known as "forever chemicals" because they have no known half-life and aren't biodegradable, are found in drinking water across the United States and in common household items, like non-stick pans, stain-resistant carpets, waterproof clothing and food packaging, including packaging at popular "green" restaurants like Chipotle and Sweetgreen.2 PFAS exposure is linked to a whole host of diseases including "immune system toxicity, elevated cholesterol, delayed mammary gland development, effects on the thyroid and liver, and cancer."3

    The companies that produce these PFAS-containing household items, including DuPont and 3M, have known about these health risks since the 1960s and brushed reports under the rug in order to avoid regulation.4 According to ThinkProgress, "DuPont even tested the blood of employees for PFAS, while 3M circulated an internal memo in 1978 underscoring the toxicity of its products."5

    It won't be easy for lawmakers in Washington to hold these companies accountable. The chemical industry spent millions – and is ready to spend more – to avoid regulations and oversight of these toxic chemicals.6 That's why we must speak out now to demand that Congress hold the chemical industry accountable for knowingly poisoning Americans for far too long.

    Tell Congress: Hold corporations accountable for poisoning Americans.

    Thank you for your activism.

    References:

    1. David Andrews, "Report: Up to 110 Million Americans Could Have PFAS-Contaminated Drinking Water," Environmental Working Group, May 22, 2018.
    2. Joe Fassler, "The bowls at Chipotle and Sweetgreen are supposed to be compostable. They contain cancer-linked “forever chemicals.” The New Food Economy, Aug. 5, 2019.
    3. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, "The Risks of PFAS," accessed Aug. 12, 2019.
    4. Sharon Lerner, "3M Knew About the Dangers of PFOA and PFOS Decades Ago, Internal Documents Show," The Intercept, July 31, 2018.
    5. E.A. Crunden, "Corporations behind toxic ‘forever chemicals’ spend big as lawmakers seek to crack down," Think Progress, July 25, 2019.
    6. Ariana Figueroa and Timothy Cama, "PFAS battles spark lobbying boom," E&E News, July 24, 2019.