Earthjustice is working to stop contamination of PFAS — a class of 5,000 toxic chemicals known as “forever chemicals” that don’t break down and can remain in drinking water and our bodies for decades.
More than 200 million people across the country are likely exposed to food and drinking water contaminated with PFAS, which have been linked to serious medical problems, particularly in children.
In 2018, Earthjustice successfully argued against a federal immunity defense that tried to bar residents living near military bases in southeastern Pennsylvania who were exposed to high levels of PFAS from seeking justice through the U.S. legal system.
A U.S. district court later ruled that the lawsuit cannot move forward until federal and state regulators take action on PFAS chemicals.
Earthjustice is now pushing for stronger federal legislation to address PFAS contamination and pressing for stronger implementation of state PFAS laws.
Our Clients & Partners include: Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, American Academy of Pediatrics – New York State Chapter, Capital Area Urban League, Center for Environmental Health, Clean and Healthy New York, Clean Water Action, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition, Hope Grosse, Huntington Breast Cancer Action, Joanne Stanton, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Public Interest Research Group
Work by Earthjustice’s Policy & Legislation Team and Toxic Exposure & Health Program