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Fountain Valley Clean Water Coalition Update

Topic: A Call to Action


Last updated 12/4/2019 at 3:40pm

I'd like to start off with being thankful for our unified community members who are making such a positive and significant change to not only our home but also across the U.S. Based on news reports out of Washington D.C. and the connections I have with our elected officials, it is imperative they hear from us this week.

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) has had its deadline for voting moved several times; usually it is passed in September. Some of the hold-up is wording about PFAS chemicals between the House and the Senate.

"The impact of making PFAS hazardous substances would be immediate and dramatic: a CERCLA listing would expose DOD and other public and private entities to Superfund cleanup liability, including private cost recovery litigation." You can read more about the differing language in this article by the National Law Review:

Why are the chemical companies only agreeing with PFOA (Teflon) and PFOS (Scotchguard)? Because they have stopped making it and moved onto other hazardous PFAS chemicals that we don't know about the health effects yet!

And as a quick reference from my article last week about the chemicals, here are the basics: PFAS = approximately 5,000 different chemicals; PFOA = Teflon, PFOS = Scotchard, PFHxS = toxic firefighting foam. PFHxS contains trace amounts of PFOA and/or PFOS depending on the manufacturer's recipe. PFHxS levels exist even when PFOA and PFOS are at a non-detect in drinking water systems.

Please call our elected officials in Washington D.C. and tell them we need to declare all PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances in the NDAA. Senator Michael Bennet: (202) 224-5852; Senator Cory Gardner: (202) 224-5941; Congressman Doug Lamborn: (202) 225- 4422.

Thank you all for your advocacy as we fight to protect our right to clean and safe drinking water. Our water districts have accomplished groundbreaking technologies to keep our levels all at a non-detect; we need to hold contaminators responsible for the costs of remediation.

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