In 2016, residents in Hoosick Falls, New York, learned that for years they had been drinking water contaminated with perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). One resident, Nikki Aldrich, carried her two children during this period of contamination.
When drinking water supplies around Fayetteville, North Carolina proved to be contaminated, all fingers pointed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) manufactured at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works plant. U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C. called a roundtable meeting to discuss the pollution. The meeting included various local officials, but the A-list attendee had to have been federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Yale School of Public Health epidemiologist Zeyan Liew and his fellow researchers have identified per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a risk factor for miscarriage.
These “forever chemicals” are so called because of their long-term staying power in the human body. The chemicals can survive and collect for decades—both in people and in the environment.
Just before the weekend, North Carolina's Attorney General, Joshua Stein, opened an investigation of Chemours, a company recently spun off from infamous corporate polluter DuPont. The investigation will also extend to DuPont as well as all other Chemours affiliates.