Regulate ‘forever chemicals’ now
Consumer Reports’ members helped test drinking water throughout the country, and the results are disturbing: Nearly every sample had measurable levels of PFAS, a group of compounds known as ‘forever chemicals’ because they don’t break down easily in the body or the environment.
Despite mounting evidence of widespread PFAS contamination and potential health risks — including cancer, learning delays in children, and interference with vaccine efficacy — the EPA has failed to set an enforceable standard for PFAS in our water. Join CR, Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Working Group in asking the Biden Administration to protect our health, and set tap water standards now that protect kids and vulnerable people from this contamination now!
Sign The Petition
Americans deserve safe drinking water. Yet the EPA has failed to set a safe standard in our drinking water for PFAS — a group of chemical compounds linked to serious health risks like cancer and learning delays. We demand that an enforceable standard that protects children and vulnerable people be established immediately. EPA also should immediately list PFAS as “hazardous substances” under Superfund, to speed cleanup of dumpsites contaminating our drinking water.
How Do PFAS Get in Our Water?
Manufacturers use PFAS to make stain-resistant fabrics, nonstick cookware, and hundreds of other products. The compounds can seep into water from factories, landfills, and other sources. Since they don’t easily break down in the environment, they’re often called ‘forever chemicals.’
How Did We Test? With Consumers Like You.
120 people from around the country collected tap water samples for contaminant testing by Consumer Reports. We collected water samples from 12 cities in each of the 10 regions the EPA regulates. Together, these water systems service more than 19 million people.