In a series of recent actions, Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes and her team have taken decisive measures against corporate entities responsible for polluting the state’s water supply. The first step involved filing a lawsuit against anti-environmental corporations, including 3M and Dupont, who have been manufacturing products containing per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), thereby polluting the water supply in the Grand Canyon state.
In a press release announcing the lawsuit, Attorney General Mayes expressed her stance, stating, “These companies have been aware for decades that their so-called ‘forever chemicals’ would contaminate water supplies for generations, yet they chose to continue selling their products. Their failure to disclose the risks associated with these chemicals has harmed both our environment and the health of Arizonans, and they must be held accountable.”
The press release also highlighted instances of contamination across Arizona, particularly in the Tucson region, emphasizing that PFAS compounds found in various industrial and consumer products pose an ongoing public health risk. For example, a fire-fighting foam used at airports and military installations, as directed by the manufacturers, releases PFAS into the environment, leading to soil and water contamination and bioaccumulation in humans and animals.
Furthermore, the Attorney General’s office, as part of a 17-state coalition, submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urging the implementation of more stringent drinking water standards to combat corporate greed. Attorney General Mayes emphasized the need for the EPA to promptly finalize its proposed standards for these “forever chemicals,” as PFAS clearly meet the threshold for enforceable drinking water standards. Additionally, she called for the EPA to allocate resources to public water systems to ensure that the financial burden of removing these chemicals does not disproportionately affect consumers.
The actions taken by the Attorney General’s office have received positive feedback from proponents of clean sustainability. Karen Peters, Director of Arizona’s Department of Environmental Quality, praised Attorney General Kris Mayes and Governor Katie Hobbs for prioritizing access to safe and clean water. Peters commended their efforts, stating that these actions are crucial in improving and safeguarding Arizona’s water quality for years to come. She also acknowledged the ongoing work of ADEQ (Arizona Department of Environmental Quality) in assisting public water systems in identifying and addressing issues related to water quality.
These measures indicate a strong commitment by the Arizona Attorney General’s office to protect the environment, public health, and the well-being of Arizona residents by holding corporations accountable for their actions.