EPA PFAS Plan is an Empty Gesture

Statement by Geoff Gisler, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—The Southern Environmental Law Center today issued the following statement regarding EPA’s PFAS Management Plan by Geoff Gisler, senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center which represents Cape Fear River Watch in court to stop PFAS pollution from a Chemours facility located near Fayetteville along the banks of the Cape Fear River above Wilmington, N.C.

“EPA’s proposal for PFOA and PFOS is an empty gesture for American families and communities. We know that these chemicals are only two members of a larger group of toxic pollutants already in our rivers, groundwater, and water supplies, all of which must be cleaned up. While it’s essential that polluters are forced to clean up their existing pollution, EPA must also act to prevent industry from discharging these toxins and endangering people in the first place. The agency’s plan does nothing to stop ongoing pollution, a role that this administration has abandoned.”

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