UN Human Rights Experts Express Alarm Over PFAS Pollution in North Carolina

Deepanwita Dey News 29 November 2023 2 Mins Read
UN human rights experts express alarm over PFAS pollution in North Carolina

The UN human rights specialists are ringing the bells about excessive PFS pollution contamination (the per- and poly fluoro alkyl substance). Plus, its prevalence in North Carolina stresses it as a case that requires looking into its human rights side. It is one of the many cases where PFAS chemicals, used in products ranging from firefighting foam to non-stick cookware, contaminate water sources, and people’s health.

The experts are clarifying that a safe, clean, healthy, and ecologically sustainable environment constitutes one of the basic human rights. To this end, he calls for immediate intervention to tackle environmental degradation. Especially by PFS plants like Chemours, and DuPont.

Thus, the officials are urging the authorities to look at the impacts of exposure to hazardous substances among communities. Especially how it affects vulnerable ones such as refugees in campsites.

The emissions from these plants are affecting vulnerable communities and are greatly affecting the contamination crisis. Even depriving the right to good health and safe drinking water, among other things.

They are even requesting a full-scale study on the PFAS pollution level by these plants. In fact, it stressed that states and companies were equally involved. Thus, should be thinking about protecting human rights in the North Carolina district.

The Chemours Allegations

The UN Human Rights Council has released the letters of allegations by its experts against Chemours (the PFAS manufacturing plant) and five other entities. The letters were signed by five UN human rights specialists (independent experts appointed by the Council) in reaction to reports they had. (Source)

UN experts wrote to Chemours, “We are particularly troubled with DuPont and Chemours’ not caring about the residents of communities who have no access to clean water.” The UN official calls the institutions or policies not fully compliant with international human rights standards.

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