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The PFAS 'Devil We Know' lives in New Hampshire

Dear State Representatives,

I'll bet you've heard the phrase, "water is life", but did you know...

  • Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water. Our skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys 79% and bones are 31% water.

  • About 71% of the Earth's surface is water-covered, and the oceans hold about 96.5 percent of all Earth's water.

  • 68.7% of the fresh water on Earth is trapped in glaciers.

  • 30% of fresh water is in the ground.

  • In some countries, less than half the population has access to clean water.

  • A person can live about a month without food, but only about a week without water.

  • Children in the first 6 months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult.

  • Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day.

  • Agriculture accounts for ~70% of global freshwater withdrawals.

  • American use 5.7 billion gallons per day from toilet flushes.

  • Each day, we also lose a little more than a cup of water (237 ml) when we exhale it.

These are just of few amazing facts about water. We use water in many ways, but most importantly, we need it to survive.

Have you ever seen water you didn't want to drink? What if it looks clean, smells okay and tastes okay, but...it's toxic. If you knew the water wasn't safe, would you still drink it? What if you knew that the children in your neighborhood were getting cancer? That your chance of getting breast or bladder cancer was increased due to unsafe drinking water. Would you drink it then? How would your quality of life be affected by losing one or both breasts or your bladder? What if you never smoked and was diagnosed with esophageal cancer? Would you be upset then?

NH has the first in history double pediatric cancer cluster on the seacoast where children are contracting and dying of cancer at high rates. That's shocking, frightening and unacceptable, especially when at least 50% of all cancers can be prevented by reducing exposure to environmental toxins.

We live in an incredibly scenic state with flowing streams, waterfalls and a rocky seashore. Water is abundant here, but it's not all safe for consumption.

I am taking action to protect our water and health and to protect children from cancer. This needs to be made a priority...now.

I respectfully ask that you act immediately to have this investigated further, to take immediate action and to support regulations that protect our water from toxins.

When New Hampshire's pollution regulations are lower than our neighboring states, we put ourselves at great risk by opening the door to polluters. These are not the businesses we want in New Hampshire. We must protect our rural way of life and the abundant water resources we are so fortunate to have, because WATER IS LIFE.

With respect,

Stephanie A. Scherr ECHO Action NH ECHOaction.org

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