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PFAS endangers pregnancies, newborns

There’s no force in nature more powerful than a mothers love for her child. Yet there is new evidence that PFAS threatens that sacred relationship We have known for a long time that PFAS builds up in the body and blood. So even if a mother is not currently exposed to PFAS, the buildup from […]

On Tuesday Feb 12 I participated in a panel discussion on the PFAS crisis at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown , superbly moderated by Senator Maria Collett. Despite the overwhelming need to regulate these chemicals, list them as hazardous substances and establish an enforceable safe drinking water limit, both EPA and the PA DEP have […]

I cannot adequately express my disgust and revulsion at EPA’s latest effort to endanger our drinking water. The proposed Waters of the United States Rule would have prevented contamination of groundwater as well as surface water from chemical and environmental contamination, because the two are so connected; groundwater often flows into surface water and vice […]

Last week, Judge Pappert dismissed the PFAS exposure medical monitoring suit we filed against the US Navy because, even though these chemicals are “hazardous” under any definition, neither the EPA nor the PaDEP had “designated” PFOA or PFOS as “hazardous substances” under Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act. The judge ruled that meeting the “definition” wasn’t […]

Congress fails to act; Community fights on Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which, to our bitter disappointment, leaves PFAS “unregulated.” It includes some measures to reduce future PFAS use, but this is nowhere near enough to address the problem. This excellent NBC news story describes how Hope Grosse and Joanne Stanton, founders of […]

Getting justice for PFAS victims is a steep uphill battle.  The chemicals were entirely unregulated as recently as five years ago; and still unregulated in most states. Polluters have an array of defenses, ranging from sovereign immunity for the U.S. Government, to the government contractor defense for the foam manufacturers. But when I saw the […]

On Friday November 22, I joined my colleagues Hope Grosse and Joanne Stanton of Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water to brief Congressional staffers in Washington DC. We met with staff from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the House PFAS Task a Force and the House Government oversight committee We briefed them on three […]

The ATSDR announced the centers of the multi-site health study that will look at the relatio0nship between PFAS exposure. https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/news/displaynews.asp?PRid=2679 The sites are: Montgomery and Bucks Counties, PA Gloucester County, NJ Hoosick Falls, NY, and Newburgh, NY El Paso County, CO Parchment/Cooper Township, MI, and North Kent County, MI Hyannis, MA, and Ayer, MA communities […]

In a much ballyhooed trip to Horsham, Gov. Wolf proudly announced that $3.8 million of the Commonwealth budget will go to pay for clean water in Horsham, Warminster, Warrington and Warwick Townships. Certainly these townships, which have been Ground Zero for PFAS pollution coming from the Willow Grove and Warminster Naval Airbases, need and deserve […]

The July 28 article in the Bucks Intelligencer (https://www.theintell.com/news/20190728/docs-military-chemical-hazards-going-unaddressed) warned about the high levels of PFAS being discharged into creeks and streams emanating from the Willow Grove Base: Environmental testing conducted around the base between 2015 and 2019 has consistently shown high PFAS levels in creeks and streams near Willow Grove. Recent testing results taken […]

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