Some chemicals that are found in everyday household items can pose a threat to our health, especially when they contaminate our waterways or food. One common class of chemicals, called PFAS, are used in a variety of products including some rugs, food packaging, and non-stick pans. PFAS have been linked to cancer and other severe illnesses and have been found in some of Maryland's drinking water by the Department of the Environment.
Ten states have taken strong action to restrict PFAS, but Maryland has yet to act. Maryland legislators are now considering a new law, the PFAS Protection Act, to restrict the use and prevent unsafe disposal of PFAS.