Summary: Please sign the following petition from Toxic Free Futures by October 6th, to have the State of Washington Board of Health establish drinking water standards for PFAS chemicals.
Drilling at Outlying Field Coupeville to test for PFAS contamination. Photo credit: Hal Bernton, Seattle Times, 3/7/17.
Background: As many of you know, wells near Outlying Field Coupeville and NAS Whidbey Island have been contaminated with perfluoroalkyl (PFAS) compounds that are likely from aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) used by the Navy. One of the Town of Coupeville's two wells is contaminated by PFAS.
PFAS compounds do not breakdown in the environment, but rather accumulate in our bodies. Per the Centers for Disease Control, PFAS compounds can:
affect the developing fetus and child, including possible changes in growth, learning, and behavior.
decrease fertility and interfere with the body’s natural hormones,
affect the immune system, and
increase cancer risk
The Environmental Protection Agency standard for lifetime exposure recently changed to 70 parts per trillion due to these health concerns.
Many states, such as Vermont and New Jersey have much lower limits, of 20 ppt and 14 ppt, respectively.
Washington State has no such standard to protect its citizens.
Please sign the petition from Toxic Free Future to ask the Washington State Board of Health to establish one.
You can also find the petition here: http://salsa4.salsalabs.com/o/51668/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=23159&tag=PFASEmail