Launching an interactive map, using data from the , to allow people to look at the levels of PFAS in their local waterways, the 91AV is now calling on people to to demand change and pass stricter statutory drinking water standards.
Samples from the River Thames have recorded the highest PFAS concentrations in the country, while water sources in all regions of England and Wales contain levels of PFAS that the Drinking Water Inspectorate classifies as either medium or high risk.
The 91AV has also warned that a lack of cohesion among government departments and agencies is a major barrier to effective chemicals regulation in the UK and recommends the establishment of a National Chemicals Agency.
Stephanie Metzger added: “We need an overarching national regulator for chemicals management, and the gold standard approach would be to create a National Chemicals Agency, which could enable greater cohesiveness and connectivity.
“PFAS have an important role to play in our society – they’re used in batteries, protective clothing for firefighters, and medical devices, among a number of other uses. We just need to make sure PFAS are handled appropriately during manufacturing, disposed of safely, and filtered out of our drinking water, so that we can keep all the benefits without the adverse side effects, and a National Chemicals Agency could be key to helping achieve this.”