Letter: Pruitt must resign

Sunday, June 10, 2018

These past months have brought attention to the Coakley Landfill and growing concern of its toxins potentially leaching into residential water. Seacoast residents, state representatives and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen have garnered national attention and funds to study this superfund site. On June 25, the regional EPA director holds a public “summit” in Exeter about PFAS and other toxins and their impact on our water and health.

We are heartened by 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 in the United States. What gives us pause is the national EPA’s disregard for public health and openness. Trump’s EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has consistently shown disregard for public health and transparency. While promising leadership on PFAS, Pruitt’s EPA continues to hide the truth about tap water contamination.

As the Seacoast continues to clean up and secure clean water for residents, unreleased data suggests that drinking water for over 110 million Americans is contaminated with fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals. While we’re grateful for more transparency here at home, we are astounded, as concerned residents and parents, that our national EPA is actively engaged in hiding the truth about polluted water. Pruitt has a list of environmental protection rollbacks 10 miles long and growing. Seacoast families know all too well what happens when the EPA is asleep at the wheel. 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.