A new article published by the Environmental protection vanguard EcoWatch shares the details of a widening fluorinated chemical crisis. The article was written as a response to the release of a map showing contamination sites within the United States. The map, pictured below, was created by the Environmental Working Group using data from the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute at Northeastern University.
To view the full interactive map, click here.
The map shows fluoridated chemical pollution occurring at 94 military or industrial sites within 22 states. And what is particularly alarming is that both of these numbers have grown since these data were charted 10 months ago. Previously the number of pollution sites was 52 and they occurred only 19 states.
This new data has been met with outrage within the environmental protection community. Bill Walker, an investigator for the Environmental Working Group says, "It's only a matter of time until another American community learns that its water is contaminated with these highly toxic chemicals." The shock and outlash is quite understandable considering the level of damage that fluorinated chemicals can have on the human body. According to Eco Watch, "PFAS chemicals, used in hundreds of consumer products, have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and other health problems."
To learn more about these fluorinated chemicals making their way into our water supplies, visit the Eco Watch.