Pruitt is hiding the truth
June 11. 2018 9:25PM
To the Editor: These past months have brought attention to the Coakley Landfill and the growing concern of its toxic plume potentially leaching into residential water wells. Seacoast residents, New Hampshire representatives, and our senator, Jeanne Shaheen, have brought national attention and funds to study this Superfund site. On June 25, the regional EPA Director will hold a public summit in Exeter about PFAS and other toxins, and their impact on our water supply and health.
We are heartened by local efforts to push our concerns forward and by the regional EPA’s transparency and response, essential actions given that New England has the highest concentration of PFAS contamination anywhere in the U.S. However, what gives us pause is the national EPA’s disregard for public health and openness. President Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has shown time and time again inattention to public health and transparency. While promising leadership on PFAS, Pruitt’s EPA continues to hide the truth about tap water contamination.Unreleased data reportedly suggests that drinking water for more than 110 million Americans is contaminated with fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals. While we are grateful that we are moving toward more transparency here at home, we are astounded that the EPA is actively engaged in hiding the truth about polluted water. Pruitt has a list of environmental protection rollbacks 10 miles long and growing.
We can no longer tolerate insufficient funding for EPA’s biggest responsibilities or leadership that puts secrecy above public health. As such, we call for Pruitt’s resignation.