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Firefighters walk through foam used to extinguish a four alarm fire in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston in 2018. Firefighting foam is one source of PFAS contamination in the environment. (David L. Ryan / The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Press Release April 19, 2024

New EPA PFAS Designations Will Spur Contamination Cleanups

The EPA has designated PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under CERCLA, which requires polluters to fund cleanup of contaminated sites

document April 11, 2024

Citizen Petition under TSCA Section 21 to Regulate PFOA, PFNA, and PFDA Manufactured During Plastic Fluorination

The petition asks EPA to regulate PFAS created that leach from more than 100 million fluorinated plastic containers into household products and the environment.

Press Release April 11, 2024

Health and Environmental Advocates Petition EPA to Regulate PFAS in Plastic Containers

The petition asks EPA to regulate PFAS created that leach from more than 100 million fluorinated plastic containers into household products and the environment

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feature April 10, 2024

Breaking Down Toxic PFAS

What PFAS are, why they’re harmful, and what we can do to protect ourselves from them

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.
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Update: Victory April 10, 2024

New Limits on PFAS in Drinking Water Will Protect Communities Across the U.S.

Highly toxic PFAS chemicals are present in the drinking water of as many as 200 million Americans.

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Press Release April 10, 2024

EPA Completa Primeros Estándares de PFAS Para Proteger El Agua Potable

Las nuevas normas requerirán medidas para limpiar el agua potable de decenas de millones de personas alrededor del país

After years of inaction by the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed long-overdue limits on six PFAS in drinking water. (Getty Images)
feature April 10, 2024

Inside EPA’s Roadmap on Regulating PFAS Chemicals

Toxic “forever chemicals” remain laxly regulated.

Almost everyone in the U.S. has traces of PFAS in their body because the chemicals have contaminated the air, soil, and water — including the drinking water for approximately 200 million people nationwide. (Cavan Images)
Press Release April 9, 2024

EPA Finalizes First Drinking Water Standards for Toxic PFAS

The new standards will require action to clean up drinking water for tens of millions of people nationwide

In the News: Inside Climate News March 27, 2024

California’s Latino Communities Most at Risk From Exposure to Brain-Damaging Weed Killer

Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program: “We have an agricultural system where everybody eats and everybody wears clothes made from cotton, but the people who pay the cost for that are overwhelmingly immigrant and Latino farmworkers who are just bearing unbelievable harm. Our society tolerates levels of risk in California’s Central Valley that…

staff March 27, 2024

Geoffrey Fettus

Geoffrey Fettus is the managing attorney of the Toxic Exposure & Health Program at Earthjustice.

Drinking water and PFAS research being conducted at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response in Cincinnati. (Joshua A. Bickel / AP)
Article March 20, 2024

The Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Our Homes, and How We Can Reduce Them

The Toxic Substances Control Act, or TSCA, can help protect us from harmful chemicals. But first, the government must fully enforce it.

Workmen prepare to replace old water pipes with new copper pipes in Newark, New Jersey in 2021. The city replaced nearly all of its 23,000 lead service lines with new copper pipes. (Seth Wenig / AP)
Article March 11, 2024

This Toxic Metal is Still Contaminating Our Drinking Water. Is Change Coming?

Lead-contaminated water continues to plague many U.S. cities and rural areas alike, but a renewed focus by the federal government and state-based efforts offer hope for finally dealing with this nationwide crisis.

A sign warns visitors from a contaminated stream in Fort Edward, N.Y. Trichloroethylene (TCE) was dumped by a nearby factory into the ground. The toxic chemical subsequently entered the underground soil and water aquifers in a plume area underneath homes in the neighborhood. (Robert Nickelsberg / Getty Images)
feature February 28, 2024

What you should know about trichloroethylene

The carcinogenic chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) has contaminated drinking water for decades and been linked to cancer clusters across the country.

Lori Phillips grew up in Franklinville, New York where her family lived on a farm, growing corn and raising livestock. During the summer, the windows of her house would be open while her father sprayed a herbicide on the crops. Years later, Lori developed Parkinson’s disease. (Tina Russell for Earthjustice)
Article February 27, 2024

This Weed Killer Is Linked to Parkinson’s. Why Isn’t It Banned Yet?

Paraquat damages farmworkers’ respiratory system, their kidneys, and their eyes. Help us urge the EPA to ban it.

staff February 20, 2024

Adriana Antezana

Adriana Antezana is a staff scientist in the Toxic Exposure & Health Program.

Jessica Conard poses for a photograph as a train rolls by her home in East Palestine, Ohio. (Matt Rourke / AP)
Article February 15, 2024

A Train Full of Toxic Chemicals Derailed in Her Town. Here’s What Her Community Needs Now.

A year after the disaster in East Palestine, Ohio, advocates are still pushing for much-needed change.

In the News: The Guardian February 11, 2024

EPA again OKs use of toxic herbicide linked to Parkinson’s disease

Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program: “There is an incredibly overwhelming body of evidence on this that has been accepted by scientists across the globe, and the EPA’s decision really placed it at odds with the best available science.”

Linda Robles, founder of Environmental Justice Task Force, poses for a portrait in her home in Tucson, Ariz. (Mamta Popat for Earthjustice)
Article February 9, 2024

Her Family Moved to Escape This Deadly Chemical – But It Followed

The Biden administration may soon be finalizing a ban on trichloroethylene. Here’s what it is, who is at risk, and one family’s story after being exposed