WI groups issue joint statement on PFAS
By Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger | Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger | April 12, 2019
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"Background Information: “A statewide coalition of 28 organizations organized by CSWAB issued a joint position statement today supporting regulation of PFAS as a class of compounds. Assessing risks of chemicals having a similar mechanism of toxicity is not unusual and is similar to how other chemical groups such as dioxins and PCBs have been assessed and regulated, the groups said. To date, as many as 5,000 PFAS compounds have been identified. The complete statement and list of co-signatures is posted below.”
The “Joint Position Statement: Supporting Regulation of PFAS as a Class”:
“Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of man-made toxic chemicals used to make consumer products resistant to water, grease or stains. Human health studies have shown that exposure to certain PFAS may affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children, lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, interfere with the body’s natural hormones, increase cholesterol levels, affect the immune system, and increase the risk of cancer.
The major types of human exposure sources for PFAS include contaminated drinking water and food contaminated with PFAS, including fish and shellfish. Other human exposure pathways include incidental soil/dust ingestion, dermal exposure and inhalation.
Approaching PFAS as a class for assessing exposure and biological impact is the best way to protect public health. Assessing risks of chemicals having a similar mechanism of toxicity is not unusual and is similar to how other chemical groups such as dioxins and PCBs have been assessed and regulated.
A class approach is also consistent with environmental field data which consistently finds PFAS as a mixture of widely varying relative ratios and combinations which, in turn, may shift in response to other factors such as aerobic conditions. And further, a class approach is made necessary by the fact that manufacturers and responsible parties uniformly refuse to disclose PFAS product content and composition, arguing that such information is proprietary.
So far, 26 PFAS chemicals have been detected in or pose a threat to the Wisconsin’s groundwater, and as analytical methods for PFAS continue to evolve and improve, this number will quickly escalate.
For these reasons, we are unable to support regulations or corresponding legislation that address only a very few PFAS compounds and that address only one pathway of exposure such as groundwater.”
The 28 Wisconsin Organizations Endorsing the Statement:
“Casa Maria Community
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin
Concerned Friends and Neighbors
Crawford Stewardship Project
Family Farm Defenders
Farms Not Factories
Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation
Friends of Lake Wingra
Four Lakes Green Party
Midwest Environmental Advocates
Midwest Environmental Justice Organization
PFAS Community Campaign
People Empowered Protect the Land (PEPL) of Rosendale
Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin
Protect Wood County and Its Neighbors
Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter
Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network
Twin Ports Action Alliance
Wisconsin Conservation Voters
Wisconsin Environmental Health Network (WEHN)
Wisconsin Network for Peace, Justice & Sustainability
Wisconsin Resources Protection Council
Wisconsin Wildlife Federation"
This content provided by the PFAS Project.