National PFAS Contamination Coalition Issues Statement on Incineration
CSWAB and other members of the National PFAS Contamination Coalition are raising awareness of the risks posed by incineration of PFAS wastes and products. Existing hazardous waste incinerators do not have sufficient temperatures and residence times to actually destroy PFAS and therefore risk reintroducing these toxic compounds back into the environment. The Coalition issued the following consensus statement today:
“The National PFAS Contamination Coalition strongly opposes the incineration of PFAS-contaminated wastes and collected PFAS products as incineration and other similar thermal treatment technologies and facilities have not been specifically permitted to treat PFAS nor have they been demonstrated to destroy PFAS, ie reducing it to carbon, fluoride salts and/or other constituents. We also object to placing collected PFAS product in landfills which can readily leak PFAS to the surrounding environment. Instead, collected PFAS product should remain STORED within each state until safe alternatives to incineration are in place and fully operational.”
The National PFAS Contamination Coalition was formed following the June 2017 PFAS conference in Boston by community leaders who are concerned about the PFAS drinking water contamination in their neighborhoods in order to better support local organizing for clean water and health protection. The groups work together to achieve national change on these issues by working on state and national campaigns together for solutions and to build a collaborative and powerful force to take on big polluters.
The coalition currently has more than 20 organizational members from around the U.S. including Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Guam, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Laura Olah | Executive Director
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger | www.CSWAB.org
Coordinator | PFAS Community Campaign
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