Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are toxic chemicals that many Rhode Islanders are exposed to every day. Contact the Governor today to tell him to protect Rhode Islanders from toxic PFAS.
PFAS have been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, liver malfunction, thyroid diseases, delayed puberty, early menopause in women, reduced immune system responses in children, and birth defects in newborns.
PFAS are found in many products, including nonstick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain-resistant fabrics and carpets, and firefighting foam. They are also used to make some food packaging (pizza boxes, bakery paper, microwave popcorn bags, and more) resistant to grease and water, and they can leach into the food we eat. The good news is that there are plenty of safer alternatives that are already in use.
Because PFAS are so pervasive, and because they take a very long time to break down, they often make their way into drinking water supplies. In Rhode Island, water systems in 14 cities and towns have tested positive for PFAS at levels that neighboring states have already declared unsafe. With the federal government slow to take action on PFAS, states need to take a stand to protect their most vulnerable populations.
Take Action! Tell the Governor to protect Rhode Islanders from this toxic chemical and take action to ban PFAS in carpets, packaging, firefighting foam, and set standards for PFAS in drinking, ground and surface water.