Source: NCDOJ

Attorney General Josh Stein submitted comments supporting the Environmental Protection Agency in their plans to regulate PFAS, or “forever” chemicals, under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Stein joined a coalition of nearly two dozen attorneys general who are asking for final drinking water standards to protect against the dangerous chemicals, according to an NCDOJ press release.

“As Attorney General, it’s my responsibility to safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “The EPA’s proposal to regulate PFAS chemicals is a step in the right direction, but the agency can and should do more to protect our drinking water from dangerous chemicals.”

The “forever” chemicals have a negative effect on the environment and human body. Human exposure to the chemicals can result in various cancers, thyroid disease, liver damage and other serious ailments. Once in the water system, they can be difficult to remove.

Stein reached a “milestone settlement” with Chemours chemical company in 2019 that required the group to more tightly control emissions and contamination with PFAS. The decision helped “to prevent further harm to air, soil, groundwater, and surface waters,” according to the press release.

Read the full press release from the NCDOJ here.