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Statement From Freshwater Future on the Governor’s PFAS Plan

Posted on December 3, 2019 by

Columbus, Ohio – Today Governor Dewine, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Ohio Department of Health rolled out their Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) action plan. PFAS is a water repellent chemical that can be found in such items as teflon pans, carpets, food, fire fighting foam and drinking water. It is known as a forever chemical because it does not break down in the environment. 

The following statement can be attributed to Kristy Meyer, Associate Director, Freshwater Future.

“We applaud Governor DeWine, Director Stevenson, and Dr. Acton and their respective agencies for their commitment to understanding the risk of PFAS in Ohioans drinking water.  Understanding where drinking water contamination exists will allow the state to hone in their resources to remediate the issue and protect people from a highly toxic chemical. ”

“Part of understanding the full picture means to accurately know how many private drinking water wells are active in the state of Ohio and to understand private homeowners’ risk to PFAS exposure. So, we encourage the state to work with contractors to negotiate a cheaper rate for testing of private water wells, as well as subsidize tests for residents unable to afford to test their private well.” 

“Freshwater Future also looks forward to working with the agencies to support Ohioans in testing their drinking water from their private well. Freshwater Future provides subsidized at-home PFAS testing kits at a fraction of what other companies would charge, providing residents with the ability to make informed decisions about their drinking water.”

“However, we are disappointed that the state will not be moving forward with a drinking water standard for any of the chemicals within the PFAS family, rather using a USEPA overall lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion as a benchmark for action in drinking water. Many other states around the nation and within the Great Lakes have developed or are developing their own drinking water standards in the absence of federal standards. No parent should have to worry whether the drinking water they provide their children is contaminated with these toxic chemicals.”

Contact:
Kristy Meyer, Associate Director
(614) 638-8948
Kristy@FreshwaterFuture.org

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