Between 2019 and 2022, chemical companies spent more than $110 million lobbying against rules to curb potentially harmful “forever chemicals,” according to a new study by Food & Water Watch (FWW). Known as PFAS, these man-made chemicals take years to break down and yet are widely used in everyday consumer goods like cookware, cosmetics, outdoor clothing, and food packaging. Scientists say there are “nearly
Wow Tesnim has done yeoman's work in this research and exposure of all who profit via capitalistic protections in our "free" society! They absolutely do not care if they are poisoning all of us in their pursuit of greed without restraint. All of the offending corporations and many, many of those who "serve" us in Congress are handsomely paid to endanger us! Capito, R from W VA should be part of an enormous investigation of the kind that forced Big Tobacco and Pharma to be fully exposed for willfully abusing and endangering our country. in addition to shameless greed comes sheer laziness with the excuse that the bill would result in “expensive, ineffective and unworkable means to achieve remediation for these chemicals.” Hopefully PI's work will be picked up by many and result in Congressional Hearings.
The problems always concern the selfish actions of people .Greed seems to be one major factor in everything that corporations do. Not honest profits but always more profit. It doesn’t seem to matter to corporate actors that their action affect their own families as well as ours. I grow weary of it all but I am very thankful that this thread and others keep digging and keep exposing and keeping reporting.
Funny how the "pro-life" movement is the same group that's poisoning us.
And that’s “just” the PFAs . . . In Nebraska, FlatPress revealed that well and ground water, already contaminated with nitrates, attracts and is contaminated with uranium. In fact, Gov. Jim Pillen’s operations as Pig Farmer of western Nebraska, is a major source of underground, water contamination. In response, Pillen made a racial slur against the reporter and continues to ignore the problems of water pollution in the state.
Meanwhile, back in Michigan, there is a massive, underground slurry of nitrate contamination making its way toward Lake Huron. When that hits the Great Lakes, it is expected to create massive algae blooms.
Throughout the eons, the arrival of H. Sapiens is a hallmark for extinction of fauna. It won’t be long before we manage to extinguish ourselves. And we thought our species was oh-so-smart. Dinosaurs were more successful than hominins.
Excellent investigative reporting on a topic we need to understand (and that’s why I gladly pay my subscription to Popular Information). Well done.
And we wonder why or where dementia and altzheimers have suddenly become so prolific. Then, they want money from us to develop drugs to combat the diseases we made. The drug makers get rich off our money our poor health that other ppl are getting rich off by selling us things that make us sick. Don't their families also drink water or use things that could harm them? Does anyone care about anyone , any creatures, the plants, insects, sea creatures? How are we so awful to this gorgeous planet?
The Chamber of Commerce needs to be rebranded by opposition instead of letting them get away with the image of the hometown heroes, defenders of the small businesses. It’s no surprise that with a name so blasé, they get away with their cess pool activities. Supporters don’t realize they’re advocating for poisoning privileges by corporate America. Thanks PI!
A big thank you for this article. As someone who has had their health affected by PFAS/PFOS through contaminated drinking water, THANK YOU. This is great research. You may want to include the ongoing legal action, multidistrict legislation, in the South Carolina Federal District Court. The legal action is twofold. One is for water systems affected by PFAS/PFOS; the other is for individual claims. There was a proposed settlement for the water systems this summer. It was big news, but several states are challenging the settlement as it may not be large enough, and the companies would be off the hook for future claims. The individual claims will start next year. The bellwether cases are being selected now.
There are horrible cases of military members serving the country and finding that the drinking water provided by the DOD was contaminated and that the DOD knew about it. It is listed as a disease affecting firefighters, but there are others. I was a plumber and worked in the water for almost a decade. I had my colon, rectum, and anus removed because of these chemicals. Others have lost their lives.
Again, THANK YOU for covering this.
Take this out of the echo chamber. I just posted Judd's link to this article in the comments of the Facebook pages of those companies he mentions.
Clicked on link to view list of Democrats who supported legislation in 2021, but it was not provided. Would like to know names of current U. S. House members who are Democrats so that I can contact them and state my disappointment and concerns. Too, would like to find out locations of the United States where people are most likely to be harmed by PFAS. Thanks for the reporting.
As a retired chemical engineer, I have mixed thoughts about this. PFAS chemicals don’t belong in the environment, but they are not as bad the earlier generation of toxic chemicals that companies used to dump indiscriminately. Think benzene, cyanide, and hexavalent chromium. People should be concerned, but don’t freak out. OTOH, I wouldn’t trust the chemical companies or the ACC as far as I could through them. While the people running major chemical plants these days tend to be diligent about protecting workers and the environment, at the level the C-suites and lawyers, it’s all about defend, deflect, and delay in order to protect this year’s profits. It would be nice if the chemical industry would contribute their expertise to develop meaningful, yet efficient regulations. Instead, it looks like these companies will need to be dragged kicking and screaming to a solution.
This is such necessary journalism. Thank you.
Congrats, Judd and team for tackling this nightmare.
Practically speaking, there is no regulation of chemicals brought onto the market. Every year new chemicals are brought onto the market without any real study and a very lax, if one exists at all, process for inspection and oversight. Unfortunately, PFAS is not the only thing poisoning us. I don’t eat GMO products, for one, because of the herbicides used. People, animals, plants, our entire planet are affected. We are sickened, our immune systems are weakened, and die without knowing the cause(s). Allopathic medicine treats stmptoms
Corporations and the American Oligarchy buying our government.
This has to be stopped! Profits over People cannot be allowed to continue. and lobbyists and Corporate donations and PAC donations must be disallowed. Funds must come from registered voters through grass roots fundraising for candidates. $1000 limit per validated registered voter.
Thanks Judd and team for opening this can of worms. It’s not only PFAS. Check out the chemical approval process in the US - practically speaking, it is non-existent. Our food system is contaminated. Polluting industries are placed in low income areas because - why? Who is going to complain, who has the money for med care, attorneys, access to power? These industries bring jobs and illness. People get sick and die and there is no explanation of the cause. Allopathic medicine treats symptoms. From one who has multiple chemical sensitivities, I have some understanding and have done some personal research into this area.
Recommendation: STOP using artificial fragrance (derivatives of petrochemicals) in your home, car, workplace. You wouldn’t put your head to a gas tank and inhale the fumes, would you? We can put this industry out of business and lots of people would feel better.
And with this reality.... some still wonder why, in desperation for some protective change in behavior of Congress that consistently falls short...people will opt for the extreme choice of Trump as an option...
A Crazy poor option, I will admit... but if you are powerless to affect change, as are many (78MM) are in the class of the "masses", and business interests are killing you and the present government(s) can't stop it...your gonna die anyway so "what you got to loose?"