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Groundwater contamination: June 2017 Archives

PFOA and PFOS Should Not be in Your Family's Drinking Water

water-1154080_1920.jpgPFOA and PFOS belong to a family of "fluorinated organic chemicals". They are dangerous to human health. Before virtually all production of these chemicals was halted in 2006 (due to health concerns), PFOA and PFOS were used in a number of industrial processes; to fight fires at airfields; and to make carpets, clothing and fabrics for furniture.

Clean Water Isn't a Right if You Never Had It

I've been working for nearly 18 years helping families in American neighborhoods use our court system to force the companies that polluted their water to clean it up. Despite all the anguish that having contaminated water initially caused these families, and despite the truly reprehensible behavior of some of the polluters who caused the contamination, I've always known one source of hope and pride: the American belief that everyone in this country has the right to clean water. We back up this belief with a host of laws--like the federal Clean Water Act--and regulations that compel our government agencies and courts to honor the right to clean water, even if it means forcing a polluter to spend millions of dollars to restore clean water to a neighborhood.

Congratulations to McHenry County, IL, for Disclosing its Groundwater Contamination Problems

I want to take a moment to recognize McHenry County, IL, and its Public Health Administrator, Michael Hill, for disclosing on the County's website what it calls "Groundwater Contamination Incidents". http://ow.ly/Gb7v30cyNOF

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