Connecting Communities

Communities across the U.S. are responding to the PFAS contamination crisis by organizing and advocating for safe drinking water. This map shows sites with known contamination and where organizations are working for stronger health and environmental protections. Plug into a group working in your community, form a new group, or connect with others facing similar challenges.

Connecting Communities > United States > Alabama

Is there a PFAS contamination site near you? Use our interactive map to find out.

  • Each red dot represents a site contaminated with PFAS.
  • Click on a dot to learn more about the site.
  • Click on a state to get information about all sites as well as community groups, health studies, and resources available in that state.

* This map focuses on sites where PFAS have been detected in the environment (groundwater, soil, and surface water), or in drinking water where the contamination is linked to a specific source and not merely the result of testing a water supply system.

Connect with Alabama

PFAS Contamination Site

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at the Northeastern University.

Alabama Contamination Areas

  1. Centre
    3M and Carpet makers and suppliers in the Dalton, GA area
    Location  Centre, Cherokee County, Alabama
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  2. Decatur
    3M manufacturing facility in Decatur
    Location  Decatur, Alabama
    Date  2007 (Alabama Dept. of Environmental Management )
    Community response  Concerned Citizens of WMEL have worked with NYELJP and the Evironmental Subcommittee of the National Lawyer's Guild dedicated to the question of clean water (NYELJP blog post). Reverse osmosis filtration system demanded in lawsuit will be constructed from October 2019 - December 2020 (Brentzel 2019).
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  3. Fort Payne
    3M and Carpet makers and suppliers in the Dalton, GA area
    Location  Fort Payne, Dekalb County, Alabama
    Date  2014-2015
    Community response  An Environmental Advocacy group known as the Tennesee Riverkeeper announced in 2015 their intentions to sue 3M over the continuing disposal of PFAS around Decatur (Pillion 2015)
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

  4. Gadsden
    3M and Carpet makers and suppliers in the Dalton, GA area
    Location  Etowah County (Gadsden, Rainbow City and Southside), Alabama
    Date  2016
    PFAS contamination source  Industry / Manufacturing

If you know about a contamination site in your state that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates about your state!

Alabama Community Groups

  1. Concerned Citizens WMEL Water Authority Grassroots
    The Concerned Citizens of WMEL Water Authority Grassroots Community is committed to sharing data and news regarding the West Morgan and East Lawrence area of Alabama soil, land, and waterways contamination concerns. Our role is to inform, engage, and ignite the citizens to have the information necessary to make wise decisions concerning their health, their choices regarding water usage, as well as protect their families from contamination.
    Location  West Morgan and East Lawrence Counties
    Contact Email
    Contact Phone  256-565-5565

​​​​​​If you are involved in a community organization working on PFAS and you don’t see your group listed, click here to have your group added to this page. 

If there are no community groups in your state, try contacting the National PFAS Contamination Coalitiona network of community groups working to address PFAS contamination across the country. You can also contact a coalition member near you to learn more and get involved.

Alabama PFAS Exposure and Health Studies

We are not aware of any health or exposure studies in this state.

Some states have conducted their own blood testing to understand people's exposure to PFAS in areas with contaminated drinking water. In the fall of 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry launched a national health study on PFAS involving multiple communities across the country.

Do you know about a health study in your state that is not listed here? Fill out this form to have it added!

Wondering if a health study is right for your community? Boston University’s Department of Environmental Health has a guide for making informed decisions.

Alabama Agency Websites

  1. Alabama Department of Public Health

What should you do if you happen to live or work near a PFAS contamination site?

  • Ask your local water supplier if they have tested the drinking water for PFAS and how they have reported (or failed to report) the results to the public.
  • If you have a private well, get your water tested. See our drinking water fact sheet to learn how.
  • Being close to a contamination site does not necessarily mean your drinking water is also contaminated. If you have questions or concerns, contact your state environmental or health department. Also see our list of resources for more information.

Information about contamination sites comes from the PFAS Contamination Site Tracker, a project of the PFAS Project Lab at Northeastern University. The tracker records qualitative and quantitative data from each known site of PFAS contamination, including a timeline of discovery, sources, levels, health impacts, and community and government responses. All data presented in the map were extracted from government websites, news articles, or publicly available documents, and are cited in the tracker.

If you know about a contamination site that is not shown on the map, fill out this form to have it added. Check back for updates!

The Environmental Working Group also maintains a map of PFAS contamination in the US. This map includes additional locations where PFAS were found in drinking water but the point source of contamination is unknown.