The Environmental Working Group found high levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and other perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) in the tap water at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminister, New Jersey, according to Newsweek.
PFAS are regularly referred to as “forever chemicals,” because they don’t break down once they have entered the environment and can cause build-up in the blood and organs of people exposed to them. PFOA is believed to cause liver, testicular, and kidney cancer.
Although the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reported that 517 water systems in the state have been contaminated, the EWG estimates that over 1,000 water systems nationwide are affected by PFAS.
The EWG reported that the PFOA levels reached 3.5 and 3.6 parts per trillion at Trump’s golf course, much higher than the EWG’s safety threshold, which recommends that any more than 1 ppt is unsafe for human consumption. However, the Safe Drinking Water Act does not place a legal limit of PFAS despite research from EWG and independent scientists.
“I suppose one would hope after they’ve spent more than a quarter of million just to get in the door, President Trump could at least vie his members filtered drinking water free of cancer-causing chemicals,” said EWG President Ken Cook.
“But, if he’s going to refuse to enact policies to clean up drinking water contamination for the rest of the country, why should the foursome waiting to tee off on the back nine be treated any different?” he added.