Take Action to Stop Toxic PFAS in Maryland!

People across the state and country are exposed to PFAS chemicals in consumer products, food and food packaging, and drinking water. Exposure to PFAS is linked to cancer and other illnesses. Urge your Maryland legislators to stop PFAS and pass the The George “Walter” Taylor Act (SB273/HB275) introduced by Sen. Sarah Elfreth & Del. Sara Love.

Maryland, like many states, does not require testing for PFAS in drinking water, but independent testing has uncovered contamination in drinking water, seafood, and our waterways.[1][2] Recent research found high levels of PFAS chemicals in striped bass, blue crab and oyster from the Chesapeake Bay, as well as in drinking water.[3]

Marylanders are also exposed to PFAS in consumer products in our homes and in food and food packaging.

Please tell your state legislators to protect public health by restricting the use and disposal of toxic PFAS chemicals in Maryland.

PFAS chemicals don’t break down in the environment, earning them the nickname “forever chemicals.” They also build up in our bodies over time -- a dangerous combination. Read Christy Taylor's Washington Post op ed on why we need to reduce firefighters' exposure to PFAS and other cancer-causing chemicals.

It's time for Maryland to switch to safer alternatives in fire fighting foam, stop the use of PFAS chemicals in food packaging, rugs and carpets, and restrict the mass disposal of these chemicals to ensure our air and drinking water are protected from PFAS incineration and landfilling.

Ten states have taken strong action to restrict toxic PFAS, but Maryland has yet to act. Tell your state legislators: Please pass the George “Walter” Taylor Act to help make a safer, cleaner world for us, our children and our children's children.


[1]'Forever chemicals' frequently found in Maryland, Pennsylvania drinking water, Chesapeake Bay Journal, Sept. 16, 2021.

[2] PFAS in Antietam Creek Study, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, June 2020

[3] More PFAS Found in Maryland Water and Seafood, PEER, Nov. 16, 2020.