EPA Approved Use of Toxic “Forever Chemicals” for Fracking

A new report from Physicians For Social Responsibility reveals the shocking fact that energy companies have been using PFA (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) toxic "forever chemicals" to frack and drill natural gas wells with the blessing of EPA, which had signed off on the process a decade ago. This outrageous dereliction of duty by the EPA has left the door wide open for extensive use of these dangerous chemicals, which pose huge threats to human health and the safety of our water supply.

Fracking should be banned everywhere; as we work toward that goal, ensuring that PFA's are not allowed to be used in fracking fluids is the least EPA can do.

PFA’s are “forever chemicals” that will never break down in the environment, and even minuscule amounts of these substances are toxic to humans and other mammals. EPA’s decision to allow their use for gas drilling and fracking—processes known to contaminate groundwater, surface water, and drinking water supplies—is beyond alarming and calls into question the agency’s basic ability to do its job.

Alongside our partners at the Delaware River Frack Ban Coalition, Mountainkeeper is co-hosting a webinar entitled “Why Does Frack Wastewater Threaten Public Health?” on July 21st from 7-8 pm. The webinar is free, but you must register for the link.

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