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EPA Plans To Regulate Toxic Chemicals Found In Drinking Water

February 15, 2019: 12:00 AM EST
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last month announced plans to set a maximum drinking water contaminant level for polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a man-made substance found in food packaging, cleaners, water-repellent fabrics, Teflon-coated cookware, and cleaning products. The contaminants are also found in firefighting foams, which have seeped into groundwater sources that reach millions of drinking taps. The process could take months at least, and critics say the move is a stalling tactic to protect industry interests, given the health risks known. The chemicals have been linked to reproductive and developmental conditions, as well as liver and kidney, and immunological effects. They also contribute to low infant birth weights, thyroid problems, and some cancers. By the end of the year, the agency will propose a regulatory determination, which is the next step legally required under the Safe Drinking Water Act.[Image Credit: © ImagesBG from Pixabay]
Ledyard King, "Critics scoff at EPA plan to regulate tap water toxins", USA TODAY , February 15, 2019, © USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC.
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