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Maryland AG Joins Coalition Urging Congress to Act on Toxic ‘Forever’ Chemicals

July 30th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh today released a joint letter to Congress, signed by a coalition of 22 state attorneys general strongly urging the passage of legislation to aid states in addressing the public health threat of toxic “forever” chemicals.

 

In the letter sent to Congressional leadership, the coalition calls for action to help states address and prevent the growing dangers of a family of chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a group of super-resilient, man-made chemicals contaminating drinking water and other media throughout the nation.  Additionally, the attorneys general urged Congress to provide financial assistance to help state and local governments offset the high-cost burden of cleaning up drinking water supplies. 

 

“We are asking Congress to act now to prevent further damage to human health from these persistent toxic chemicals,” said Attorney General Frosh. “Hardest hit are our public safety personnel, like our firefighters, but anyone can suffer extensive, severe damage to their health from exposure to PFAS chemicals. Maryland and other states need help from Congress now to manage the fallout from the mere existence of these chemicals.”

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