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