EPA Warns of Forever Chemicals in Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is warning that two non-stick and stain resistant compounds are more dangerous than previously thought and are found in the water supply. Both compounds are part of a cluster of “forever chemicals” knows as PFAS (Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) that are being phased out by U.S. manufacturers.  They have been used in the consumer products industry since the 1940s and do not degrade over time. Earlier this month, the EPA issued nonbinding health advisories setting the health risk threshold to near zero. This replaces earlier guidance that set the threshold at 70 parts per trillion. Several states have set their own drinking water limits to address PFAS contamination. These compounds are used to make cardboard and non-stick cookware as well as carpet and other synthetic materials. They have also been used to manufacture packaging used by multiple fast-food brands.

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Posted on 13 July 2022