PFAS are a class of human-made chemicals that are incredibly persistent in the environment and also highly toxic.
PFAS have been linked to cancers, birth defects, and other health problems. Unfortunately, they are still found in packaging, including food packaging, as well as in many household items like carpets, outdoor apparel, and even baby bibs.
Good news! Thanks to the efforts of our members and allies, the RI General Assembly passed TWO bills to protect Rhode Islanders from toxic PFAS in the 2022 session, and Governor McKee signed them both into law!
- The Toxic Packaging Reduction Act (H7438/S2044) bans PFAS and heavy metals in packaging including food packaging.
- S2298/H7233 sets a maximum contaminant level for PFAS in drinking water.
The next step is for Rhode Island to move towards a comprehensive ban on PFAS that covers more products, so we can stop the flow of these forever chemicals into our waterways.
Take action! Thank our elected officials for the recent legislative steps they have taken to reduce our exposure to PFAS, and encourage them to do more in the 2023 session!