Stop Covering Up Dangers to Our Drinking Water and Health

Target: Alex Azar, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Goal: Release reports that outline critical health threats to the American public.

Public health is under siege once again. The Flint crisis brought the importance of the drinking water supplies many rely upon for basic sustenance into the public eye. Recent troubling reports suggest that the problem of contaminated drinking water – along with the threats posed by a common building material substance – could reach epidemic levels across the country. Yet these reports have not been made available for public view. More troubling still, major agencies and the Trump administration , fearing “a public relations nightmare,” may have attempted to bury this alarming information

The first report, allegedly blocked from public disclosure by EPA leadership, concerns PFAS: substances used in manufacturing products ranging from Teflon to electronics. A study undertaken by the Centers for Disease Control found that the presence of this substance far exceeded EPA standards , and its prominence in water supplies near areas such as manufacturing plants and military facilities is especially pronounced. Repeated exposure to this substance can cause significant health problems. The study identified suspected high levels in several states, including beleaguered Michigan, putting millions of citizens in these states at risk.

A separate study undertaken by a branch of the EPA investigated the potential link between formaldehyde and certain cancers, particularly leukemia. Due to lobbying from chemical industries, however, the EPA has indefinitely put on hold a planned release of this report. When scientists tried to brief EPA leadership on their findings, they were allegedly told “no office in the EPA is interested.”

Sign this petition to demonstrate that the public is interested – and we demand answers on matters that directly impact the health and well-being of our communities.


Dear Secretary Azar,

100 million: this stark number represents each and every American citizen who may have been affected by drinking water tainted with potential carcinogens, thyroid attackers, and overall health threats. An Ohio representative, in support of his own impacted constituents, recently wrote you a letter imploring the release of a CDC study conducted on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The Environmental Protection Agency has punted responsibility for releasing this report onto your agency, allegedly because its release would present a “public relations nightmare.” We, the people, are more concerned with a potential public health nightmare come to life. Moreover, we are equally concerned about the alleged block of another report with direct impact on public health: the IRIS study on formaldehyde and its connection to cancer.

The EPA abandoned its responsibility to protect public health by turnings its back on this critical scientific data. Do not follow their lead. Do the right thing and advocate for release of these reports so that we can ensure no more Americans suffer needless, preventable deaths due to their government’s negligence.


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  1. Gigi Middlebrook says:

    Unfortunately this current administration would only care about other people if they were themselves affected. They don’t care and probably never will unless it affects them. As MJ would say,
    “They don’t care about us.”

  2. gen agustsson says:

    clean water now!

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