Delaware’s PFAS Problem
Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00pm
Join Delaware Riverkeeper Network to learn about the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), synthetic chemicals that have been found in some drinking water sources in Delaware. These highly toxic compounds can have adverse human health effects and are linked to serious diseases, including cancer. There is no regulation by the federal government that requires the removal of these substances from drinking water. Some states have been taking action to adopt drinking water regulations to protect people and the environment from the threats posed by PFAS. Delaware has not adopted safe drinking water standards or maximum contaminant levels for any PFAS, including those that are most prevalent in Delaware - perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS).
We will discuss the implications of the lack of safe drinking water standards and review what Delaware is doing to try to control the pollution caused by PFAS, dubbed “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment and persist indefinitely, even after they are no longer being used.
The zoom forum is free and the presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
Featuring Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director, Delaware Riverkeeper Network.