Clean Water Action California Will Call for Comprehensive State Response to PFAS at State Water Board Hearing

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. –  On March 6th, 2019, the State Water Board will convene a special informational hearing about PFAS, a family of thousands of toxic chemicals, most famously used in nonstick coatings, moisture-proof textiles, and firefighting foams. The hearing will include regulators, dischargers, and public advocates. Thus far, California has had 455 PFAS detections in drinking water sources, which is the highest of any state.

“In California, we have the opportunity and knowledge to address the real scope of the PFAS problem" said Andria Ventura, Toxics Program Manager for California Clean Water Action. "We need to consider the impacts of the entire family of PFAS chemicals, and we will continue partnering with state water regulators and scientists to determine the extent of PFAS water contamination in the state and the necessary actions to protect public health.”

States are, and should continue to be, at the forefront of PFAS regulation in the United States. In the wake of the EPA’s lackluster plan to address PFAS nationally, Clean Water Action remains committed to helping California take a comprehensive and proactive approach to this problem at the state level.

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Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Nina Foushee
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