Military Families Feel Outrage and Betrayal Over PFAS Dangers

 

The man-made group of chemicals known as “PFAS” has been all over the news in recent years especially 2017 and 2018; as the number of people exposed to tainted drinking water rises, military families have come forward and appear to be especially susceptible to the dangers of PFAS due to the fact they live on or near military bases.

PFAS stands for “polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances,” a group of chemicals that includes PFOA and PFOS, the two getting the most attention lately. PFAS were previously called PFCs, FCs or fluorocarbons, and they come in 5,000 or so varieties. These chemicals, often associated with 3M and DuPont, are characterized by bonds between carbon and fluorine and are among the strongest bonds in organic chemistry. Consumers may be more familiar with the names of two of the most studied forms of PFAS: PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), once used in Scotchgard and PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), also called C-8 and once used to make Teflon.

PFAS chemicals that leach into groundwater around military bases pose a serious, life-threatening health crisis for the families living in close proximity to those bases. Studies show that these chemicals are found in 99% of the American population, and on a daily basis, millions of people ingest drinking water with unsafe levels of PFAS. To date, the EPA has done very little to regulate or restrict these chemicals. Many military families express outrage and betrayal by the same government that preaches to service members: “Do the right thing.” “Integrity first.” “Service before self.” “Excellence in all we do.”

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