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the health of our military members is not "too expensive"

In Congress, I am a member of a committee on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), called the PFAS Task Force.

PFAS are toxic chemicals known to cause horrifying health problems ranging from birth defects to advanced-stage cancers, to thyroid disorders. Most Americans are exposed to PFAS in small quantities from everyday household items like nonstick pans and dental floss.

Recently, we learned that many Americans have unknowingly been drinking water heavily contaminated with PFAS. Because PFAS are found in high concentrations in the firefighting foam used by the military to battle jet-fuel fires, families on military bases are at especially high risk.

This is unacceptable. Despite their knowledge of the health problems associated with PFAS, EPA officials have argued that bringing water systems to healthy levels would be too expensive.

Please join us in urging the EPA to act. Sign the petition: provide safe drinking water for military service personnel and their families.

More soon,


Posted on April 19, 2019.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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