There’s an emerging concern about the safety and quality of drinking water, particularly in places like Mississippi. Recent findings indicate that the dangerous “forever chemicals” – PFAS – might be more prevalent than many realize. With Alabama already facing challenges related to these chemicals in their water, the question arises: is Mississippi on the same trajectory?
What are PFAS and Why Should You Be Concerned?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, once found favor for their resistance to heat, stains, and water. Today, these attributes which once made them popular have rendered them global threats. These chemicals persist in the environment and have been linked to numerous health issues including cancer, liver problems, kidney disease, and more.
Signs of Emerging Threat
Despite some officials playing down the risks, investigative efforts by Consumer Reports and Mississippi Spotlight revealed a troubling presence of PFAS in many Mississippi counties. The story of Crystal Dotson’s family in Corinth offers a glimpse into the potentially widespread health implications of these chemicals.
Mississippi Must Respond
The consequences of inaction can be severe, as seen in other states. Waiting for national regulations isn’t the solution. Several states have proactively introduced measures to monitor and regulate PFAS in their waters. Yet, Mississippi remains on the sidelines.
Additionally, the responsibility of securing safe drinking water shouldn’t fall on residents. Many, like the Dotson family, are resorting to bottled water, which isn’t a sustainable or affordable solution. More advanced filtering systems, though effective, can be costly and are not always feasible for all households.
A coordinated effort at the state level is crucial. Residents shouldn’t be left to grapple with the ramifications of pollution individually. As Kelly Hunter Foster, senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, pointed out, it’s the duty of the state and responsible parties to prevent and rectify such pollution.
Everyone deserves transparency about what’s in their drinking water and the assurance that their health isn’t being compromised. OnderLaw stands with families seeking this transparency, championing for safety and responsibility.
It’s time for a collective call to action, ensuring that places like Mississippi provide safe drinking water for all. Because health and wellbeing should always be a top priority. If you or a loved one have been affected by contaminated water sources, don’t hesitate to contact OnderLaw today.