Mark Ruffalo is among those the Environmental Protection Agency commended for his move, announced Fridayto designate two “forever chemicals” that have been linked to cancer and other health problems as hazardous substances under the Superfund Act.
The EPA’s proposed rule requires that discharges of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds into soil or water be reported to federal, state or tribal officials if they meet or exceed certain levels, which could facilitate cleanup efforts.
Although the two compounds, PFOA and PFOS, which are part of a larger class of PFAS “forever chemicals”, have been voluntarily phased out by U.S. manufacturers, the substances do not degrade in the environment and instead accumulate over the course of time. time up in humans and animals, and is believed to be in the blood of 99 percent of Americans.
PFAS have been linked to multiple diseases, including cancers. The man-made synthetics were: used in consumer products and industry since the 1940salso in stain and water resistant fabrics and carpets, cleaning products and even cookware with non-stick coating.
“We’ve all paid for decades — in the form of higher health care costs and higher drinking water bills — for one of the biggest environmental crimes in history,” Ruffalo said. according to a statement obtained by the New York Times, which Ruffalo also tweeted. According to The timesRuffalo said the move would hold chemical polluters accountable.
Ruffalo helped raise awareness of the issue of PFAS through his role as real-life attorney Rob Bilott in the 2019 environmental thriller dark watersdirected by Todd Haynes. After the film’s release, Ruffalo and other proponents joined forces dark waters manufacturing company Participant Media’s Fight Forever Chemicals campaign, urging companies to remove chemicals from their products forever and consumers not to support these products. The campaign also supported the labeling of such chemicals as hazardous substances and the establishment of an enforceable drinking water standard.
Speak with The Hollywood Reporter forward dark watersBilott hoped the film would bring the public health issue to a wider audience.
bilott told the Associated Press Friday that the EPA’s proposal “sends a loud and clear message to the entire world that the United States is finally recognizing and accepting the now overwhelming evidence that these man-made poisons pose a significant threat to human health and the environment.”