Tell Congress to Clean Up the Contamination from Military Bases

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

Contamination

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. Scientists believe this is the greatest public health crisis in American history.

The military is poisoning America’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," not only is the DoD poisoning the water, they are trying to cover it up. Additionally, as a result of lobbying by the chemical companies, the Trump administration has reduced safety requirements.

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To: TO: John Barrasso (R-WY), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works,
From: [Your Name]

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.