CLEAN WA­TER

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Re­gard­ing “Drink­ing wa­ter in this NC county has the most ‘for­ever chem­i­cals’ in the US, study says,” (Jan. 24):

While we now know that Brunswick County has the high­est PFAS con­tam­i­na­tion in the coun­try, it’s also clear North Carolina is on the front lines of this na­tional epi­demic.

The EPA has failed to set en­force­able stan­dards for PFAS and the N.C. Gen­eral Assem­bly has cut fund­ing for the N.C. DEQ by 34 per­cent over the past decade. Cit­i­zens are be­ing ex­posed to toxic pol­lu­tion daily and there is still no plan for re­me­di­a­tion from the agen­cies that are sup­posed to pro­tect us.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has been gut­ting bedrock en­vi­ron­men­tal poli­cies like the Clean Wa­ter Act, that have pro­tected our wa­ter for decades. Ad­vo­cates and sci­en­tists have called for PFAS reg­u­la­tions but of­fi­cials ig­nore the ev­i­dence.

Turn­ing a blind eye won’t make the prob­lem dis­ap­pear. Elected N.C. of­fi­cials need to step up and do the hard work to en­sure that we have healthy wa­ters through­out our state. Krista Early, Raleigh Clean wa­ter ad­vo­cate, En­vi­ron­ment North Carolina

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