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Governor Wolf’s cop-out

On May 21 Gov. Wolf appeared at the Horsham Water and Sewer Authority—ground zero for PFAS contaminants caused by the Willow Grove Naval Air Station— to announce with great fanfare his Restore Pennsylvania plan to cleanup PFAS contamination statewide. The plan would enact a “severance tax” on fracking to fund $4.5 billion for cleanup costs […]

In Giovanni v United States, the United States Court of appeals upheld the right of Pennsylvanians exposed to PFAS in their drinking water to compel the U.S. Navy to test their blood for PFAS exposure. The court refused to rehear an earlier ruling by a three judge panel which ruled that claims for blood testing […]

On March 28th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state will contribute $8 million to help remove PFAS contamination from the drinking water of about 55,000 residents in Bucks County. $5 million of these funds will be allocated to Warminster Township, while the remaining $3 million will be distributed to Warrington Township. This contamination […]

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of proposing new limits on a family of chemicals linked to cancer. Advocates have called for strict rules on PFOA and PFOS in drinking water and soil for years, and some have called the EPA’s lengthy review process an attempt to delay action further. Here & Now’s […]

I attended the announcement of EPA’s much ballyhooed PFAS action plan in Philadelphia today. It is all talk and no action. Nine months after committing to hold polluters accountable by listing PFAS as a hazardous substance and setting an enforceable maximum contaminant limit for PFAS in drinking water, EPA has done…nothing. Seven Months ago, people […]

On the evening of December 19 at Upper Dublin High School, The PA Department of Health made a detailed presentation of the results of its pilot blood test study of residents of Horsham. Warminster and Warrington Townships. The group sampled consisted of 235 people, of whom 84% have resided at their current residence more than […]

On November 30 I appeared in Harrisburg before Governor Wolf’s PFAS Action Team with other members of the National PFAS Coalition and Buxmont Coalition for Safer Water Hope Grosse, Joanne Stanton, Phil Baiocchi and Jill Florin, and Tracy Carluccio of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, to voice our concerns about the need for action about the […]

The results of blood testing are in and, as expected, they show that people living in the area contaminated by PFAS have high levels of PFAS in their blood. Residents in Bucks and Montgomery Counties who participated in a blood-testing program because their drinking water was contaminated by chemicals on nearby military bases have a […]

Third Circuit rules Navy can be held responsible for medical monitoring for PFAS exposure In a landmark precedential opinion in a case brought by the Cuker Law Firm, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the rights of people exposed to PFAS which came from military sites to make claims for medical monitoring against the […]

The EPA Community Meeting, including the Community Panel presentation (link to video) about polluted water in Upper Dublin, has had an immediate and beneficial impact local on residents. The Community Presentation, and Mark Cuker’s interview on Action news (link), ignited a firestorm of protest, much of it from local residents who were up to now […]

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