As more PFAS contamination is uncovered in states across the country, the costs to protect communities from these extremely persistent chemicals are skyrocketing.
States and taxpayers didn’t cause the contamination, but they are largely shouldering the burden of testing and monitoring, delivering clean water to communities, cleaning up contaminated sites, and covering health care costs.
How much more will it cost taxpayers to fix this mess is anyone’s guess. But it’s easy to estimate costs in the billions of dollars given just a fraction of the money that’s been spent to fix this nightmare. Of course, for people with health problems associated with exposure to PFAS, and their families, the costs are unquantifiable.
Below is a partial accounting of taxpayer dollars spent or planned to be spent on PFAS contamination. These costs are just the tip of the iceberg – hidden and future costs still loom.