Study Reveals Alarming PFAS Pollution Impact on US Prisoners

Study Reveals Alarming PFAS Pollution Impact on US Prisoners | Credits: iStock
Study Reveals Alarming PFAS Pollution Impact on US Prisoners | Credits: iStock

United States: Contamination of “forever chemicals” in the waters of the United States has been mounting the concerns and worries of the health authorities. Recently, a study outlined that approximately half of US prisons have been exposed to the chemicals in their water supply.

The health authorities have outlined that exposure to new chemicals has raised concerns over inequities and human rights within the US justice system.

A study unearthed a startling revelation: an estimated 47% of these facilities face potential contamination from PFAS, a class of harmful chemicals, affecting approximately 990,000 individuals, including minors.

Scholars emphasize the susceptibility of those incarcerated to PFAS exposure, highlighting the dearth of effective mitigation strategies available to them.

These discoveries shed light on matters of environmental equity, highlighting the overrepresentation of marginalized communities within the prison populace.

A pivotal statement emerges from Nicholas Shapiro, a distinguished figure in the field, who elucidates, “If one envisions the confined populace as a sprawling metropolis scattered across this expansive network of carceral edifices, it would rank as the fifth largest urban center in the nation.”

This revelation holds significance due to research indicating that a considerable proportion of America’s correctional institutions reside in regions likely contaminated with PFAS, thereby amplifying health hazards for an already vulnerable demographic, which experiences inferior health outcomes compared to the general populace.

However, the menace of PFAS extends beyond prison confines to encompass a broader threat to the nation’s potable water sources. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled proposed standards for six of these “forever chemicals” in drinking water. This announcement followed years of impassioned pleas from affected communities, scientific communities, and advocates for health and the environment.