June 23, 2019 vfpvc

Tell Congress to Clean Up the Contamination from Military Bases [petition]

There is movement on this now in Congress. Please sign this petition so that we can deliver it to the key person.

TO: John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

We demand that the federal government immediately start cleaning up PFAS contamination at federal facilities across the country, including active and decommissioned military bases, and the communities surrounding them. We call for the passage of S.1372 – The PFAS Accountability Act of 2019.

Per and Poly Flouralkyl Substances or PFAS are among the deadliest chemicals ever developed. They are used in fire-fighting foams to extinguish massive petroleum fires during routine military training exercises on hundreds of bases around the world. The carcinogenic foam is allowed to leach into groundwater to poison water and sewer systems in adjacent communities.

Drinking PFAS-contaminated water causes several types of cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, miscarriages, and increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease.
Twelve members from one family near Peterson AFB who drank water contaminated with PFAS have been poisoned to death.
The U.S. military is poisoning U.S. Ground Water. According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, in their report “A Toxic Threat: Government Must Act Now on PFAS Contamination at Military Bases,” the military is poisoning the water, and trying to cover up the crime. As a result of lobbying by the chemical companies, the Trump administration has reduced safety requirements.

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