Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling – The New York Times

When Army Staff Sergeant Samuel Fortune returned from Iraq, his body battered by war, he assumed he’d be safe. Then the people around him began to get sick. His neighbors, all living near five military bases, complained of tumors, thyroid problems and debilitating fatigue. Soon, the Colorado health department announced an unusually high number of … More Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Leave Military Families Reeling – The New York Times

Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health | The NM Political Report

The 54-year-old second-generation dairy farmer learned last August that his water, his land, his crops – even the blood in his body – were contaminated with chemicals that migrated to his property from nearby Cannon Air Force Base. See all of NM Political Report’s coverage on PFAS contamination. The toxins, collectively known as PFAS, have caused rampant pollution on military installations, … More Groundwater contamination devastates a New Mexico dairy – and threatens public health | The NM Political Report

EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

Wheeler described his agency’s approach as “the most comprehensive cross-agency plan to address an emerging chemical of concern ever undertaken by EPA.” “We are moving forward with several important actions, including the maximum contaminant level process, that will help affected communities better monitor, detect and address PFAS,” he said. The EPA also is moving toward … More EPA outlines plan for dealing with toxic chemicals in water

EPA decision soon on chemical compounds tied to health risks

There’s growing evidence that long-term exposure to the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS, can be dangerous, even in tiny amounts. The Environmental Protection Agency is looking at how to respond to a public push for stricter regulation of the chemicals, in production since the 1940s. A decision is expected soon. apnews.com/78435c74856949f68f9b2a8a28931b74

Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination | Local News | goskagit.com

The use of the firefighting foam at NAS Whidbey Island has left area residents with “a persistent poison lurking in their water supply,” the lawsuit states. The team representing the plaintiff in the lawsuit has created a website where potentially impacted current and past Whidbey Island residents can contact them for consultation. The team includes Robert Teel, … More Whidbey Island resident files lawsuit over water contamination | Local News | goskagit.com

EWG News Roundup (1/25): Bipartisan Reps Form PFAS Task Force and More | EWG

PFAS Bipartisan Congressional Task Force Detroit News: Kildee, House lawmakers launching PFAS task force An estimated 16 million people in 33 states and Puerto Rico have PFAS-contaminated tap water, according to research by Northeastern University and the Environmental Working Group.  NPR StateImpact (Pennsylvania): Pa. might set maximum limits on a toxic chemical in drinking water. Some ask: What’s there … More EWG News Roundup (1/25): Bipartisan Reps Form PFAS Task Force and More | EWG

Children’s Exposure to PFAS Chemicals Begins in the Womb | EWG

There is group of Americans threatened by PFAS chemicals – and they haven’t yet been born.   In 2005 and 2009, laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group, Commonweal and Rachel’s Network found PFOA, PFOS and other PFAS chemicals in the umbilical cord samples from 20 babies born in the U.S. These tests exposed the … More Children’s Exposure to PFAS Chemicals Begins in the Womb | EWG

Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey | Whidbey News-Times

The attorneys are seeking class action status and hope to add potentially thousands of other current and former Whidbey Island residents as plaintiffs in the lawsuit; the town of Coupeville is also a potential plaintiff, attorneys said. The law firm Edelson of San Francisco and Seattle attorney Robert Teel are representing Krista Jackson is the … More Federal lawsuit filed over drinking water contamination on Whidbey | Whidbey News-Times

Hazardous Chemicals Called PFASs Have Contaminated Whidbey Island Residents; Drinking Water.  We may be able to help.

On February 5, 2019, attorney Robert Teel and the law firms Edelson P.C. and Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC sued five corporations that designed, produced, and distributed a firefighting foam call Aqueous Film Forming Foam (or AFFF) allegedly used at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and at the Naval Outlying Landing Field Coupeville on Whidbey Island. The … More Hazardous Chemicals Called PFASs Have Contaminated Whidbey Island Residents; Drinking Water.  We may be able to help.

Cantwell seeks $70 million to help areas with contaminated water | Whidbey News-Times

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced the inclusion of an additional $70 million in funding to the Department of Defense for environmental restoration in areas struggling with water contamination due to their proximity to military installations — such as Naval Station Whidbey Island — in the National Defense Authorization Act, according to a press release … More Cantwell seeks $70 million to help areas with contaminated water | Whidbey News-Times