Skip to main content

Remove forever chemicals from our daily lives

Michael Regan, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
31 Days Remain

Trouble viewing this action?

If the action form is not loading above, please add earthjustice.org as a trusted website in your ad blocker or pause any ad blockers, and refresh this webpage. (More details.) If the action form still does not display, please report the problem to us at action@earthjustice.org. Thank you!

Important Notice

Your message is delivered to a public agency, and all information submitted may be placed in the public record. Do not submit confidential information.

By taking action, you will receive emails from Earthjustice. Change your mailing preferences or opt-out at any time. Learn more in our Privacy Policy. This Earthjustice action is hosted on EveryAction. Learn about EveryAction's Privacy Policy.

Why is a phone number or prefix required on some action forms?

What’s At Stake

PFAS are toxic chemicals that can persist in human bodies and in the environment for decades, which is why it is so important to urge the Environmental Protection Agency to classify them as hazardous. Enacted by Congress in 1980, the Superfund law was designed to clean up communities polluted by the kind of toxic contamination that PFAS have created - but PFAS are not currently covered by the law. Send a letter to the EPA today to show your support for adding PFAS to the Superfund list, and advocate for the cleanup of this public health crisis!

“PFAS,” which stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of thousands of what are known as "forever chemicals" that are nondegradable, accumulate in human bodies and the environment, and are extremely toxic, even at miniscule levels. PFAS can be found in everyday products like nonstick pans, waterproof jackets, mascara, and hairspray. In addition, they’ve been detected in the drinking water supplies of major cities like New York, Washington D.C., and Chicago.

The EPA has proposed to designate the two most notorious PFAS – PFOA and PFOS – as hazardous substances under the Superfund law. EPA's decision to add these chemicals to the Superfund list is an important first step in holding polluters accountable for contaminating communities. Even though some states have already implemented their own clean-up laws, creating federal standards is essential in order to spur clean-up of the most contaminated areas. 

PFOA and PFAS were created in the 1940s and used in products like Teflon and firefighting foam. Companies like 3M and Dupont manufactured and dumped PFOA and PFOS for much of the 20th century, despite knowing these chemicals were harmful and resulting in widespread drinking water contamination. For decades, the military has also polluted communities via PFAS containing firefighting foam used extensively during training exercises. Today, PFOA and PFOS have been largely phased out of production in the United States due to links to cancers and birth defects - but they are still being produced globally in products that are imported into the U.S. Many of the newer PFAS break down into PFOA and PFOS, which will continue to build up in the environment unless clean-up is required. Meanwhile, more than 95% of the U.S. population has PFAS in their bodies, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Enough is enough. Forever chemicals can't be allowed to forever contaminate our communities. Take action with Earthjustice today to tell the EPA to clean up these toxic chemicals from our daily lives! 

Drinking water is one of the most common routes of exposure to PFAS. PFAS have polluted the tap water of at least 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico, as well as groundwater in at least 38 states.
Yipeng Ge / Getty Images

Drinking water is one of the most common routes of exposure to PFAS. PFAS have polluted the tap water of at least 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico, as well as groundwater in at least 38 states.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

Read More

You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.